This week at Macquarie Island: 13 February 2015

Bureau of Meteorology expeditioners Evelyn and Sean share pictures of their recent trip to Hurd Point.

Evelyn and Sean’s trip to Hurd Point

Bureau of Meteorology weather observer Evelyn and electronics technician Sean have been eagerly anticipating an opportunity to get down to Hurd Point at the southern end of the island. Last week, they were able to take advantage of a scheduled break in their rostered workload to make the multi-day return walk.

Hurd Point, the southernmost point in Australia (less the external territories) is home to the biggest royal penguin colony on the island and has spectacular coastal scenery. The comfortable coastal hut also has the best view of all our coastal huts!

Expeditioners took some spectacular photos at Hurd Point and en route, and here they share some with us.

Thanks Ev and Sean!

Green Gorge basin covered in greenery, shrouded by a gloomy sky with water in the background
Green Gorge basin: the hut there was the day one stopover point en route
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
The view from Tiobunga track shows Major Lake, which is situated on a cliff with water below
Scenic Tiobunga track (alternative route to Hurd Point) passes by Major Lake near the west coast plateau escarpment
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
Hurd Point beach from the Hurd Point hut
View of Hurd Point beach from the Hurd Point hut
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
A porpoising royal penguin at Hurd Point
A porpoising royal penguin at Hurd Point
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)
Royal penguin at Hurd Point
Royal penguin at Hurd Point
(Photo: Sean Reynolds)
Skuas at Hurd Point
Skuas at Hurd Point
(Photo: Sean Reynolds)
Light-mantled sooty albatross in paired flight
Light-mantled sooty albatross in paired flight
(Photo: Sean Reynolds)
Hurd Point beach at sunset
Hurd Point beach at sunset
(Photo: Sean Reynolds)
Sean farewells a local inhabitant at Green Gorge
Sean farewells a local inhabitant at Green Gorge
(Photo: Evelyn Sandoval)

Macca photo gallery

Our king penguins are relatively late summer breeders, unlike most birds here, who rear their chicks all through the following winter. Their chicks hatch in mid January and are at a photogenic stage now.

King penguin adult feeding chick
King penguin adult feeding chick
(Photo: Ivor Harris)
King penguins in the breeding colony
King penguins in the breeding colony
(Photo: Ivor Harris)
King penguin chick
King penguin chick
(Photo: Ivor Harris)
King penguin chick
King penguin chick
(Photo: Ivor Harris)