The chicks are growing
It was 1.30 Wednesday afternoon before Peter Layt, Peter Cubit, Chris and myself (Rowdy) finally left station for Macey.
The original plan was to spend Saturday night there and a few hours on Sat and Sun checking out the chicks at Auster. Of course the weather changed those plans and the next fine day we had was Wednesday.
We took a slow drive to Macey checking out some interesting looking icebergs along the way.
We decided to just go straight to the hut as it was getting late and we wouldn’t have much light at the rookery.
After a brilliant sunset we sat down to a dinner of lamb stew and listened to the wind pick up. We hoped it would ease up by morning and our wishes were granted.
Woohoo! Clear skies and no wind… it doesn’t get much better than this. I didn’t even bother putting on my coat, the weather was so good. It’s not often like this at Mawson, so we were very lucky.
What’s even better was how incredibly gorgeous those emperor penguin chicks are. Little balls of fluff, stumbling round after their parent or making friends with other chicks. I was surprised by how much they had grown in the few weeks since I’d last been out here. There were a few we saw still keeping warm on their parent’s feet but it was obvious that some were getting a bit big to get fully covered by the brood pouch. Some of the chicks look like they’re already starting to crèche. Forming small groups where there seemed to be more chicks then parents.
It’s surprising how time flies when you’re having so much fun. Before you know it nearly four hours had gone by and it was time to head back to station.
So long little chicks, I hope I get back to see you guys before you all grow up and head out to sea.