Matt and Lisa departed station for Béchervaise Island on the 17th December, just before the fast ice off Mawson station finally broke up luckily. Since then they have been using every opportunity to study the various species of sea bird that breed on the island — primarily Adélie penguins, snow petrels and Antarctic skuas.
They are in touch with Mawson station every day, just like any other field party. This week Matt tells us they in full swing monitoring the breeding success of the sea bird populations on the island.
They have also deployed a number of trial GLS tags on adult Adélie penguins during the guard period. The tags will be monitored to determine how well the new attachment technique works. If successful they will be able to monitor where the penguins travel and forage after the moult for the first time.