Today’s picture of the day is far too difficult to choose, so I will just post them all…
They are of our new arrival who has been a ‘real hoot,’ She was instantly promoted to fully fledged Deck Officer due to her fantastic vision and obvious intelligence. it’s always useful to get a ‘birds eye view’ People ‘flocked’ to see her… well… I did anyway!
My initial thoughts were that she was a little owl, but the more I ponder, the more I question it. I remain unsure of her make and model, maybe someone who knows a little about owls can leave their positive ID of her in the comments box?
Hugely friendly and in good condition despite taking a battering in 50kt winds and relentless rain, the nearest land is 100+ miles away so I assume she was blown off course. She allowed me to stroke her and ruffle her feathers leaning into it rather than moving away scared. I was going to pick her up but ‘chickened out.’
I was worried that she was too far from anywhere to survive and started planning how to look after her until we were closer to land, but 2 hours before I finished work she disappeared, so my hopes of feeding her bacon and eggs were dashed!!
I love the odd wildlife that we get whilst at sea, but to me this was also a little taste of home, not that I eat owls but because it was native to home, not the sort of wildlife we are accustomed to.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these pics, I certainly had fun taking them.