Bumpy cruise

The next morning, the wind had died down a little, and the captain managed to find a spot a little in the lee of the island, and we decided to give it a try. It turned out to be a zodiac cruise where waterproof clothing was mandatory. Bumpy and challenging to drive, conditions in which I like to drive zodiacs. Our primary goals were Northern Rockhopper Penguins, Gough Finches, and Gough Moorhens. The first was easy; they were waiting for us in large numbers on the shore. The second was a lot harder. Being a relatively small passerine species, it wasn’t easy to find them from a moving zodiac. Hearing them was a lot easier, and good ears picked up several individuals. With a bit more patience we even managed to find a few, one individual gave an excellent show on top of a rock. Two boxes checked, but the third one proved too tricky. The wind had pushed us to the side of the island least favourite by the Moorhen.

White-bellied Storm-petrel near Gough Island

Back on board, we dried ourselves and headed outside again to enjoy the spectacle of the thousands of seabirds around the ship. Not as many as the day before, but still an impressive sight, especially with the waves underneath.


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