We’re still on the boat, but explored Ringdove Bay.

We have been anchored in Ringdove Bay for the last few days, finding shelter from the wind. We have had intermittent gusts of northwesterly wind reach up to 50 knots, but hope it will finally ease overnight.

After 8 days on the EVOHE the crew is anxious to get on the island to start digging out the landslide and repairing the damage it caused to the biodiversity hut. Because we are attempting to land in Hut Cove at the northern end of the main island, we need to wait for a southerly wind to ease the northwestern swell.

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On Tuesday we landed in Ringdove Bay near a large waterfall. After scrambling up the rocks we searched for mouse burrows to collect food stores and droppings. It would be sensible to attempt to eradicate mice when they are most food deprived and sampling their burrows is the best way we can determine what time of year that is. From these collections, we also hope to find out whether mice and parakeets compete for grass seeds.

Ringdove Bay from above the falls (Photo by Murray Watson)

Ringdove Bay from above the falls (Photo by Murray Watson)

We saw many Antipodes Island Parakeets happily climbing about the vegetation, feeding on tussocks. They lift the leaves with their claws and strip them with their beaks to leave piles of chewed grass. One was also observed (and filmed) scavenging on a decomposing penguin carcass.

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Tomorrow’s forecast looks promising and we hope to finally get onto the island. Our priority will be to unload the building materials we have on board so the builders can start repairing damage to the main biodiversity hut.