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At Sea: Cattle Egret

May 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Position:5.565,-80.454 at 07:00 local, 13:00 BST
24hr run: 94 miles GPS, 92 miles log. ETA Galapagos at 5 knots: 19:35 local 23rd May
Wind: South 8knots Sea: smooth with SW swell 1.5m
Skye:  70% cloud cover no thunder clouds

Light winds mostly just enough to sail hence below 100 mile 24 hour run.  Enough to try the Pink spinnaker for a while!  Hot but we are past the thunder clouds associated with the ITCZ.  ITCZ moved north which was handy!

Our first night at sea we had a small woodland bird like a finch aboard.  We wondered if he would come to Galapagos and confuse the modern day Darwin’s but he took at first light.  All of yesterday and last night we had a Cattle Egret aboard.  He has been drinking water and looks fit so he should go today.  Boats often get birds staying for a while to recover.  They accept people at much closer distances than they would on land.  We have enough pictures of him for a whole gallery to himself!


Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg