Davis station news 2012

  • A black-browed Albatross in full flight

    This week at Davis: 21 December 2012

    The trip south to Davis in pictures including stunning glimpses of birds and ‘bergs.

  • A large fire ball comes out of a gas tank during fire fighting training at Kingston

    This week at Davis: 14 December 2012

    When the ship arrives at Davis there will be a whole new and enthusiast crew to take over. Before they actually set foot in Antarctica, a lot of training in Hobart has taken place to prepare them for the year ahead. We introduce the incoming Davis station expeditioners for the 2012/13 season.

  • Davis sign-post with elephant seal

    This week at Davis: 7 December 2012

    The Aurora Australis has arrived! A few more articles from departing 2012 Davis winterers while the new team settles in.

  • Dead Weddell seal near Gardner Island

    This week at Davis: 30 November 2012

    With the ship nearly here to take us home, we visit Gardners Island, the Vestfold hills and Blondie, the white Adélie penguin. A fond farewell from the Davis 65th ANARE.

  • Potatoes at Davis after one year

    This week at Davis: 23 November 2012

    As the ship sails south, Davis makes the most of the last few days and prepares for the newcomers!

  • Adam Christensen drilling the sea ice

    This week at Davis: 16 November 2012

    This week at Davis we keep an eye on the sea ice, visit Hawker Island to see what the giant petrels are doing and welcome back a trouble-making lone elephant seal.

  • First day grooming Plough Island skiway

    This week at Davis: 9 November 2012

    This week Davis makes the most of sunny weather by visiting the leucistic penguin on Gardner Island, finishing another skiway, taking a punt on the Melbourne cup and celebrating a birthday which coincides with a year on station.

  • Fata Morgana on the horizon from Filla Island

    This week at Davis: 2 November 2012

    This week Davis bade a sad farewell to two winterers and two planes, continued repairing and making skiways, witnessed a superb mirage and went Weddell pup crazy!

  • Basler JKB coming in to land at Davis

    This week at Davis: 26 October 2012

    Hot off the press! The Basler plane arrives, we give you the scoop on the second Rauers trip and celebrate the end of winter with a spectacular feast.

  • An Adelie penguin shows off

    This week at Davis: 19 October 2012

    While the cat’s away edition: this week the Adélies return, a look at Platcha hut and the ‘jolly kings’ are at it again.

  • Jan Wallace at Davis 2012

    This week at Davis: 12 October 2012

    This week at Davis: the Doc interviews herself in the Doc’s Dozen, we celebrate two birthdays, beards on base, Oktoberfest, Cat5 cable, damper testing, and what may be our last aurora pics for this year.

  • Tom Luttrell at Davis 2012

    This week at Davis: 5 October 2012

    This week at Davis takes a look at the day to day activities on station, examines some seal infrastructure, talks with the least vocal 2012 expeditioner, gets a poet’s view of a trip to the Rauer Islands, celebrates two birthdays (which means cake!), and suffers a bout of footy (tipping) fever.

  • Flags at Davis — no wind

    This week at Davis: 28 September 2012

    This week at Davis: seasons changing, a chat with a Met Observer, preparations for a trip to the Rauers, snow clearing around station and some magnificent station views.

  • Adam working on the automatic weather station at Kazak Island

    This week at Davis: 21 September 2012

    This week at Davis a trip to Kazak Island, we meet Mel Ho — marine researcher, a feathered visitor, ice fishing, Hangar Rats and 80’s Quiz antics.

  • Aubergine with eyes and mouth at Davis

    This week at Davis: 14 September 2012

    This week at Davis: the aubergine with personality, Doc’s Dozen featuring Tom the SCTO, movies on ice, a taste of the Highlands, and a weekend at Watts hut

  • Sunset in November — Davis 2011

    This week at Davis: 7 September 2012

    This week at Davis we take a look at a year of sunsets, talk to another expedtioner, showcase spectacular aurora australis photos and report on a few trips off station.

  • Jan Wallace raising the flag at Davis

    This week at Davis: 31 August 2012

    This week at Davis, we honour fallen Australians, recover the snow groomers from Woop Woop, chat with the CPC engineers, wander out to Watts hut, have two animal encounters, and test out general knowledge on quiz night.

  • Nick Chang’s thesis cake at Davis 2012

    This week at Davis: 24 August 2012

    At Davis this week, Nick hands in his thesis, Ferret answers the Doc’s Dozen, Angry captures more aurora, there’s a working holiday to Woop Woop, and an Octopus’s Garden.

  • Man playing darts

    This week at Davis: 17 August 2012

    At Davis this week: Saturday Duty Dart Off, Greg’s Tours, and that Davis favourite Doc’s Dozen, this week featuring the senior Met Observer and DSL Linc.

  • LIDAR operation at Davis 2012

    This week at Davis: 10 August 2012

    This week at Davis an interview with the AAD LIDAR operator, a brief look back at a year, a hydroponics update, and a birthday celebration.

  • First tomato from hydroponics 2012

    This week at Davis: 3 August 2012

    This week at Davis there are finally tomatoes on station, we take a jolly to a jade ‘berg, harvest hydroponics and Station Leader Ali gets cornered by the Doc.

  • Hagglund on sea ice

    This week at Davis: 27 July 2012

    At Davis this week: to Bandits and Beyond, Christmas in July, ramp onto the plateau, an in-depth with the BSS, and patterns in the snow.

  • Scenic shot of sunrise 2012 Davis

    This week at Davis: 20 July 2012

    At Davis this week the sun actually does return, some visit the Sørsdal Glacier, there’s an attempt to capture the beauty of the aurora, a look at the winter sea ice projects, and an in-depth talk with the Davis chef.

  • Aurora under the light of the full moon

    This week at Davis: 13 July 2012

    This week at Davis we welcome back the sun, take a personal look at isolation, acknowledge the chef’s contribution, visit Deep Lake in winter mode, and talk with the mover and shifter of snow on station.

  • Colour in the sky at Davis 2012

    This week at Davis: 6 July 2012

    Davis — the home of stunning skies, button pushing electricians, would be carpenters, and the brown blizzard!

  • Brigid Dwyer in chef gear at Davis 2012

    This week at Davis: 29 June 2012

    Davis midwinter special including the preparations, the brunch, the swim, the dinner, the excuses, the sunglasses, the play, and the band. We got it all!

  • Winter colours in the Vestfold Hills 2012

    This week at Davis: 22 June 2012

    Winter hues, golfing trip, tower views and a preview of Midwinter celebrations from Davis this week.

  • Fish eye lens photo of the inside of a Hagg in winter at Davis 2012

    This week at Davis: 15 June 2012

    Davis this week has an in depth interview with Comms Tech Greg, a trip to Platcha Hut and a dieso’s perspective on work in Antarctica.

  • Davis sunset in April

    This week at Davis: 8 June 2012

    From Davis this week: An Antarctic Dictionary, plenty of cake, making clouds from boiling water, cheesy goodness, SAR training, and farewell to the sun. How do we fit it all in?

  • Biggest Morning Tea banner

    This week at Davis: 1 June 2012

    This week we ate cake in support of cancer research, said farewell to the sun and took a look at station life for some at Davis.

  • Davis Murder Mystery Night 2012

    This week at Davis: 25 May 2012

    Temperatures plummet but spirits are high at Davis this week as we host a chilly murder mystery and examine plans for the new WTF. The Doc also interviews dashing Aircraft Ground Support Officer, Matt Ryan.

  • Aurora at Bandit’s hut

    This week at Davis: 18 May 2012

    At Davis this week: Auroras, Bandit’s, Mother’s Day and birthday cakes.

  • Aurora above Davis

    This week at Davis: 11 May 2012

    As the days draw in at Davis, we have experienced another spectacular aurora (with laser), indoor extreme sports, winterising the station, a super moon and a drop of our special station brew.

  • Snowflakes at Davis

    This week at Davis: 4 May 2012

    Snowflake, sunrises, HF upgrades, plus seals and seal biologists at Davis this week.

  • Sunrise at Davis Anzac Day 2012 — sunrise behind army hat

    This week at Davis: 27 April 2012

    Davis commemorate Anzac Day, casts on, looks to the heavens, cuts some pipes, and drills the sea-ice.

  • Groups photo Davis wintering team 2012

    This week at Davis: 20 April 2012

    Davis remembers the Titanic, deals with snow, makes the most of the last of the seals, cleans the ktichen, and welcomes a new station member.

  • Leaving Davis by helicopter for training exercise.

    This week at Davis: 13 April 2012

    Lots of snow and Easter Eggs at Davis

  • AGSOs in Lake Stinear recovering old science gear

    This week at Davis: 6 April 2012

    Performance review time, the Aurora Australis’ arrival and departure (and what happened in-between), the Doctor’s Dozen and more. It’s been a busy week at Davis.

  • Neil Adams

    This week at Davis: 30 March 2012

    A sad day for Antarctic Meteorology, cleaning up the back yard, and our summer farewells.

  • Elephant seal with tag under Davis welcome sign

    This week at Davis: 23 March 2012

    More trips to the Larsemanns, countdown to the ship’s arrival, elephant seal playground, and the Doc’s Dozen.

  • Davis Master-chef Competition — Craig and ray testing the batter

    This week at Davis: 16 March 2012

    Visitors, Visiting, Sport, Science and Food. Variety is the spice of life at Davis!

  • Elephant seal with CTD on head.

    This week at Davis: 9 March 2012

    The techs keep it ticking, the AGSOs and the Drums, auroras, and a new interviews feature,The Doctor’s Dozen, from Davis this week.

  • The beginning of the piñata with people and a ball of papier mache

    This week at Davis: 2 March 2012

    At Davis this week: Arts ‘n’ Crafts, Mexican banquets, and rock performances…as well as work!

  • Giant petrel and Wilsons storm petrels feeding.

    This week at Davis: 24 February 2012

    Some Work and Some Play at Davis this week including a myriad of bird sightings.

  • Czerny Turner Spectrometer looks like a coputer hard drive with even more equipemtn attached and has been measuring the temperature of the hydroxyl layer above Davis since 1993.

    This week at Davis: 17 February 2012

    This summer Davis has struggled to live up to its moniker ‘The Riviera of the South'. A noticeable chill in the air heralds the coming winter, with just a few of the glorious days that Davis is known for.

  • Davis wharf repairs being carried out with Cliff and Cyril drilling into rock.

    This week at Davis: 10 February 2012

    The new Davis wharf takes shape, venturing into the Vestfold Hills and farewell to the fixed-wing crew.

  • Well-fed elephant seal ready to moult

    This week at Davis: 3 February 2012

    Return of the big, fat Elephant Seals, a visit to the Prince Charles Mountains and some helicopter hauling.

  • Adelie penguins iceberg cruise near Davis Station

    This week at Davis: 27 January 2012

    A lot has happened in the first week of the Year of the Black Water Dragon at Davis — boating trips, international visitors, and a deep field team return to station.

  • Scott and team at the South Pole.

    This week at Davis: 20 January 2012

    Davis mark an historical week, an expeditioner exchange, various scientific endeavours, and much more.

  • Sea ice leaving Davis

    This week at Davis: 13 January 2012

    As the sea ice disappears the wildlife arrives.

  • Tomatoes going strong in Hydroponics

    This week at Davis: 6 January 2012

    Davis celebrates, grows vegetables, makes fresh water, erects a climbing wall, welcomes visitors and much more.