Here on Macquarie Island, Spring has sprung. With the changing of the seasons it means a change in the island and its wildlife. Spring brings back royal penguins, black browed albatross, grey headed albatross, great skuas, and elephant seals to the island to breed.
The first black browed albatross was spotted last week and bets have been laid as to what day the first elephant seal will have its pup. There have also been ever increasing sightings of leopard and fur seals around the island.
The gentoo penguins are busy mowing the tussock to make their nests in every imaginable place you can think of. Now that they have set up their nests they have started laying their eggs as of this week and the cycle of life starts again for them.
The spotting of an orca calf and its mother is making for great viewing from the Ham shack, with its great vantage point over looking Buckles Bay, Garden Bay and north to North Head.
We’ll keep watching over the coming weeks and months as the ever increasing populations of wildlife return to the island.
Chris Burns, Station Mechanical Supervisor