The next morning a visit was planned for the two outer islands of the Tristan group: Nightingale and Inaccessible. Well, due to time restraints, there was only time to do one. For birdwatchers, Inaccessible Island is a special place, as it’s home to the world’s smallest flightless bird, the Inaccessible Island Rail. However, the problem with the bird is that it is endemic to a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and one that has cliffs on nearly all sides. It might have gotten its name for a reason.
So we decided to have a go at Nightingale Island (see top foto). Home to the Nightingale Bunting and Wilkins Bunting and another subspecies of the Tristan Thrush, also an appealing place for birdwatchers. However, landing options are usually only slightly better as on Inaccessible. And today wasn’t one of those days. There was far too much swell even to try and get into the zodiacs for a zodiac cruise. Instead, we decided on a ship’s cruise around both islands. It was nice to see both islands, but not very rewarding for the birdwatchers. The distance was just too large to see the buntings or rails. It can be very frustrating, being so close, but still so far away. But often Inaccessible is really inaccessible.