|Pannel s---er, makes his ungainly getaway|
after doing the deed on our solar panel.
“Birds are the wildflowers of the sea,” one sailing adventure book opined. Indeed, on a long open ocean passage, they do provide some much needed visual variety.
We were on our third day of passage from Panama to Galapagos, a couple hundred miles from land. We noticed a seagull circling our boat. Clumsily, he alighted upon our solar panel, his feet unable to maintain consistent purchase.
|Not all our feathered friend|
encounters go awry. This
stunning hawk (falcon?) roosted
at Fort San Lorenzo,
Rio Chagres, Panama.
We watched, amused.
Some birds alight to get a rest. Some make it a social stop, with us other other birds of a similar feather. Others still look for handouts, or something they can steal.
Was this bird planning on replicating the calling card left from another in the Dry Tortugas (click here for that)?
|Flitting about their community of odd hanging nests, these birds|
warbled beautifully and did not s--- on our heads.
Perhaps the bird knew it was an empty threat. He s--- and flew away.
|These charming little fellas alighted|
on our boat in Rio Chagres and again in
Portobelo. No calling cards left behind.
A Chinese proverb claims "You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair." It does seem, however, we cannot prevent them from pooping on our solar panel. Or our dodger.
|Dawn off our stern in Galapagos.|
This post was written whilst on a ~1,000 nm passage between Panama (N08.37.393 W79.01.870) and Galapagos (S0.57.924 W90.57.750), March 2-11, 2015 and stored until we regained traditional internet. We are currently in the Galapagos, Ecuador, anchored off Isla Isabela.