Monday, January 20, 2014

61 - Macquarie Island through others eyes...........



Hello Friends,

Yep its that time again but this time believe it or not this blog is nothing like what I had planned, mainly due to the weather. Why is that inhibiting me for doing what I want you say, well what I did have planned in my mind of minds was a little walk up the east coast take some pics of some Sooties (Sootie Albatross) then over to the west coast where there was a really nice sets roll in. THEN the weather turned for the worse and when we could get outside it wasn't all that nice so most of last week we have been working inside with the exception of a couple days.  50 knots or 92kph docent sound like much but mix some rain a little sleet and snow and uneven rocky ground and it makes it interesting, but not for photography.

So what do i have install for you this week, well lots of pics from one of our Tas Parks Rangers who has been all over the island and has MUCH more interesting pics than me. A few pictures from Fridgy and even less pics from me. BUT this week its all about the pics so enjoy!!


Pic: Kris Carlyon

Pic: Kris Carolyn
Sooty's or Light-mantled Sooty Albatross
Pic: Kris Carlyon
A sooty calling his mate.......quite a unique sound too I might add.
Pic: Kris Carlyon 
A Grey-headed Albatross.
Pic: Kris Carlyon
Good pic of a Black-browed Albatross
Pic: Kris Carlyon
I think this is a Wandering Albatross but not too sure..........
Pic: Kris Carlyon

A really good pic of a Blue-eyed Cormorant..........
Pic: Kris Carlyon
A Cape Petrel nesting
Pic: Kris Carlyon
Wale vertebra obviously string there for sometime..........
Pic: Kris Carlyon
Below are some of the best Elephant Seal pics I could muster..........
Pic: David Hawley

Pic: Kris Carlyon
Pic: Kris Carlyon

Pic: David Hawley
Pic: David Hawley

Pic: David Hawley
Pic: Kris Carlyon
Pic: Kris Carlyon
Pic Kris Carlyon
A couple pics of Fur Seals.........
Pic: Kris Carlyon

Pic: Kris Carlyon
Of course I needed to put an Orca in as well........
Pic: Kris Carlyon
And what would it be without some penguins, these guys are King Penguins.......
Pic: Kris Carlyon
Not too sure whats these guys are but there is definitely lots of them!!!!
Pic: Kris Carlyon
A Royal Penguin resting.........
Pic: Kris Carlyon

Gentoo Penguin in a rather precarious position for a nest...........
Pic: Kris Carlyon

Pic: David Hawley
Pic: David Hawley
No I'm not here JUST for a holiday believe it or not i do actually do some work. Below are some pics of the progress of the machinery shed we are building this season. Getting there slowly and there are some difficulties in building it here as the weather sometimes docent want to play the game but its all good. The bottom right pic you'll see the shed we are replacing as its so badly rusted away it is over due to be pulled down. BUT before we do we are using it as a little bit of a wind break for the construction of the new shed until it gets in our road then it will be pulled down to make way for the new.

Pic: David Hawley
Pic: David Hawley 

Pic: David Hawley
Pic: David Hawley






So when I'm not working and the weather isn't any good many of us have little hobbies. This season I have got myself a aluminium buoy and I have a plan, lets see if it works. Below is the mechanics workshop where I have been doing the work.......... 

Pic: David Hawley

Pic: David Hawley

Pic: David Hawley


















Well a model I am not but my head it slowly getting as shiny as my buoy is getting!!!
Pic: David Hawley
The chef as per normal is doing a wicked job in feeding us. I think that as important as senior management is if the chef is not in a good mood then the station isn't either........Jimmy however has kept the station very happy...........
Pic: David Hawley
A selfie of Fridgy and his new Macca made Macca beenie. Vicki, one of the Bureau of Meteorology weather observers has been knitting up a storm and has knitted Fridgy and myself Macca beanies............and no they are not matching!!!!!!
Pic: David Hawley
A random macro I took this week..............
Pic: Michael Goldstein
Below is a couple pics which don't really give it justice. However the swells over the back of the shot below were 5m wind as i said earlier in the blog were gusting to over 50 knots and temp was about 5-6c.
Pic: Michael Goldstein

Pic: Michael Goldstein
Fount this little guy while we were having the bad weather. He found himself a good spot hiding from the wind didn't he!!!
Pic: Michael Goldsein
Last week we also had another tourist ship arrive but this one was a little different. The Arctic P (HERE and have a look at no5) and unlike most tourist ships that normally carry up to 100 passengers this one only had 12. Now you'd think thats a expensive tour and you'd be right as the other ships charge up to $15,000 to come so when i tell you who owns the boat it will all make sense. Its a Packer owned boat and yep Packers were on it. They made it to Sandy Bay where we saw the last tourist ship but when it came time for them to come onto station the weather took a real turn for the worse and making it ashore was impossible.

HERE is another article of the ship while it was docked in Hobart before it came here!

Pic: Michael Goldstein
Well I think i have given you all more than enough to chew over this week. Less talking mainly as I'm not in the mood for it but billions of words in all the pics............

Enjoy

Michael

P.S................No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to 
                  change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
                  Barbara de Angelis