With the Antarctic recruitment drive in full swing for next season, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the real reason we all flock back to Antarctica year after year. That is, of course, the penguins.
Here at Mawson we have two main species of penguins kicking about, the emperor penguins and the Adélie penguins. I don’t like to play favourites, so let’s just say they are both super cute and extremely photogenic.
We have been very fortunate to have emperor penguins all year round with Auster Rookery just down the road, which has kept us amateur photographers nice and busy all winter long. But now that the warmer months have arrived, we are starting to see these majestic creatures a lot closer to station.
The warmer months have also brought the return of the Adélies. Mawson and its surrounding islands have become a hive of activity with Adélie penguins courting, mating and just recently, these little guys have been laying eggs.
It’s a fantastic time to get out and about down here at Mawson and I’m actually quite jealous of the next group of Antarctic expeditioners that will get to experience this magnificent part of the world next season.