Into the field!

We landed on Macquarie Island yesterday and spent a few hours setting up and testing an automatic weather station. Now it is ready to be airlifted to over 300 m elevation on the plateau, ready for installation. We’ll find out just how windy it is up there!

The station is hectic with resupply activity. But we’re heading off for a few days to look at the vegetation. Already from the ship we could see the bright green tussocks of Poa foliosa creeping up the previously rabbit-grazed hillsides.

My colleague Micah and I are kitted out with warm waterproof clothing and ready to get out there.

First clear glimpse of Macca on Friday morning. It was a shadow in the mist when we arrived Thursday afternoon.

First clear glimpse of Macca on Friday morning. It was a shadow in the mist when we arrived Thursday afternoon.

Ferrying people ashore from the ship, 60 seconds by air.

Ferrying people ashore from the ship, 60 seconds by air.

Electronics 101. Luckily Micah knows about electronics because I don't!

Electronics 101. Luckily Micah knows about electronics because I don’t!

Weather station datalogger, wired up and wateprroofed, ready to face the elements.

Weather station datalogger, wired up and waterproofed, ready to face the elements.