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Camp­bell Island – 19th Febru­a­ry 2020

It was a bit fog­gy today, but other than that, Camp­bell Island was good to us. No wind or anything else that would have made our lives dif­fi­cult. So we could easi­ly go ashore, full ahead Jthe­re is qui­te den­se vege­ta­ti­on also here on Camp­bell Island near the shore and when the­re is no wind, such as today near the lan­ding site, a wea­the­red con­cre­te plat­form that belongs to the for­mer wea­ther sta­ti­on, then the­re are a lot of fly­ing beasts that bite and bother you. But as soon as you start wal­king a bit hig­her up then you lea­ve the bit­ing beast area behind (I am sure experts would use a dif­fe­rent ter­mi­no­lo­gy but I am not an insec­to­lo­gist).

The way takes us through the area of the wea­ther sta­ti­on that was aban­do­ned in 1995 and soon the low but den­se coas­tal forest is get­ting more and more open. A board­walk is win­ding up and bet­ween some hills across to the other side of the island.
Camp­bell Island is, amongst others, famous for its mega­herbs – beau­ti­ful, lar­ge flowers that may reach this remar­kab­le size in order to be able to gather more light to crea­te a warm micro­cli­ma­te wit­hin the flower, some­thing that keeps the insects hap­py that the flowers rely on for pol­le­n­ati­on. And of cour­se for birds. The­re are many inte­res­ting spe­ci­es. Some of us were lucky enough to see the famous sni­pe, which was only dis­co­ve­r­ed in 1997 on neigh­bou­ring Jac­quemart Island. In 2001, when Camp­bell Island its­elf was rat-free again, the sni­pe could re-occu­py the main island again.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

For many, the main attrac­tion will have been the majes­tic roy­al alba­tros­ses that breed high up on the win­dy slo­pes and hills.

The­re was not much to be seen of the view on the west side of the island. But that didn’t mat­ter too much. The­re was so much beau­ty other than that.

Now we have got a cou­p­le of days at sea ahead of us. We have set cour­se for the Bal­le­ny Islands.

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