Heading North - Day Two 15 50.975N 062 40.490W
Mike and Liz Downing
Mon 12 May 2014 18:46
It's full moon time again and even though it was overcast most of the night, the light from the moon found it's way through and, apart from the last hour before dawn when the moon had set, it was easy enough to see to the horizon and keep a good look out for ships and fishing vessels (which don't always have lights in this part of the World).
We had another visitor last night - another noddy. It had circled the boat a few times earlier in the day and was obviously eyeing up a possible roosting site. As the light was failing it came into land on the solar panels. We were happy for it to stay, but not there, so with boat hook in hand I shooed it off and actually had to gently prod it to make it move. It was not going to give up it's position easily! It flew off, but came straight back. This scenario was repeated several times before it found it could stop me prodding it by actually jumping and perching on the boat hook itself. It was clear that the boat hook was not going to get rid of it, unless it was a sharp blow to the head! However, the chances are that I would crack a solar panel or take one of the aerials out that are next to the panels. So go get the ultimate weapon prepared following the last invasion of noddies - the homemade water pistols. A few squirts and it would be on its way. I should be so lucky - a few squirts and it started preening itself, saying thank you for the free shower! It was now getting quite dark - not a good time to risk falling overboard, so we let it stay and stay it did, until well after the sun was up. It actually slept with it's head under it's wing. Didn't think sea birds did that. Liz thought it was probably because the moon was so bright! So it was up on the solar panels this morning cleaning off the mess once again!
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