Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island

After sailing for three days from Hobart we arrive at Macquarie Island.

Macquarie Island

Lusitania Bay

We take a zodiac cruise in Lusitania Bay where there is a huge colony of king penguins.

Lusitania Bay

King penguin rookery

There are so many penguins here that we probably couldn't land even if we wanted to.

King penguin rookery

King penguin

The penguins come out to meet us instead. The swam up close to the boat and the zodiacs.

King penguin

King penguins on the beach

The next day we landed at Sandy Beach where more king penguins came out to meet us.

King penguins on the beach

King penguins

These penguins really look like people wearing a dinner jacket (tuxedo)!

King penguins

King penguins

Although we were not allowed to go closer than 5 meters to the wildlife, they were allowed to walk up to you.

King penguins

Elephant seals in the grass

No one needed to be reminded about the 5 meter rule when it came to the elephant seals.

Elephant seals in the grass

Elephant seals near the base

The elephant seals were everywhere, including in and around the Australian base on Macquarie Island.

Elephant seals near the base

Elephant seal

It is obvious why they are called elephant seals.

Elephant seal

Royal penguin rookery

In the hills behind Sandy Beach there was a large royal penguin rookery.

Royal penguin rookery

Royal penguin rookery

Royal penguin rookery

Royal penguin chicks

Penguins mostly live out at sea, but come ashore to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. This was towards the end of the royal's breeding season and the chicks have nearly lost all their down feather.

Royal penguin chicks

Royal penguin

Royal penguin

King penguin

King penguin

King penguin

On Sandy Beach is another king penguin rookery.

King penguin

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