The scenery was really spectacular yet it was sad to see hardly any wildlife. On each Island there were no Adélie chicks at all and only a few Adélie adults moulting. We were lucky to see a few Weddell seals sun baking here and there on the sea ice and also a couple of Weddell seals in the water. It was a fantastic day and one of the best I have had down here. We didn't get back to Mawson until about seven thirty and by the time we packed up and cleaned up we were all very cold, tired and hungry.
Monday, 10 March 2014
Wednesday 5th March 2014
This morning the weather was perfect and around nine o'clock three boats and nine of us headed off down to the Rookery Islands. We headed down in about a ten knot following wind that gradually died down to nothing and by the time we got there the sea had glassed out. It was one of those magical days on the water that don't come around too often. On each Island we would drop of four people as that is all that is allowed onshore to audit the Adélie penguins and to look for debris while the rest of us went berging while we waited for them to call us on the radio to come back and pick them up.