The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 4 – Macquarie Island

Posted by Robbie - 11 December 2013

Macquarie Island

Macca - photographed & processed by Cara

The boat has been dancing a jig all night. Sleep and patience are lowering in unison. But me, well I’m pretty sure my appearance both verbally and physically have stayed the same. Although my memory might need to be improved. Most of the other passengers read my first blog entry and know my name. Then about half of them have introduced themselves and a couple of days later I can’t remember jack.

But onto what I’m meant to be talking about, Macquarie Island. We sighted it at dawn and weighed anchor a few hours later. The ocean is rough though and wether we will leave the boat and go onto the island is still uncertain. Except we still have a great view from here. I sighted a large colony of King Penguins a little above the shore.

In the water surrounding us there is a few King and Royal Penguins circling the boat. Luckily I got a couple of shots of them on my camera. Their behavior is slightly unusual as some stay up above the water for a long time while the others dive down, come back up then dive down again then come back up again etc etc.

Maybe next time you hear from me I will have up close shots of penguins. And to Jamil and Damon, I will show you the photos once I’m home. Goodbye and see you soon.