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Day 4 - Campbell Island


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     Today we visit Campbell Island, another of the sub-Antarctic islands scattered about in a frigid zone, but with an abundance of plants and animals, unlike the great white continent itself.  We plied our way into Perseverance Harbour in the mid-morning, and the zodiac landings began at about 10 a.m.

     Our trip leader, Jane Wilson, offered some longer hiking opportunities here, and those of us especially interested left with the early boats.  There is no scheduling for our travel on the zodiacs, unlike the helicopters, so the line at the gangway forms early!  Although cloudy, the island and the harbor were quite scenic.  The prevailing short nature of the plant life reminds me of the tundra atop the mountains in Colorado.

     There is wharf here to land at, so no need to wear our wet boots.  It was mostly cool, but with the sun peeking out from time to time, it would warm up quite a bit.  Later on, a few of us got caught in a little rain.  The walk followed along a wire covered boardwalk, just like at Enderby.  It went up to a platform overlooking this section of the island.  Many of us continued, following a trail through the high grasses.  All around us were nesting Albatross - they are huge birds!  They didn't seem to take much notice of us, although we did keep our distance (at least 10 feet).

Disembarking.  A warm welcome . . . and a warning. Perseverance harbour.

Campbell wharf.  Rugged terrain. The "long" hikers.

Nesting Albatross. Sub-Antarctic vegetation. Western coast of Campbell Island.
     Campbell Island had been the home to a growing rat population.  A few years ago, an aggressive program to exterminate them seems to have worked, without harming the native wildlife.  Contaminating these sites continues to be a concern.  When we return from these landings, we wash off our boots and brush off our clothes and packs - to make sure we don't transport foreign seeds here, nor local seeds elsewhere.

     We got to stay on Campbell until 3 p.m. and then it was back to sea.  In the evening I decided to put on my next seasickness patch.  So far I have felt fine, so they must be working.

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