After leaving Tanzania we headed north with the ultimate destination of the Seychelles. Over the next week we weren’t inundated with birds but I did enjoy a few good sightings. On the 17th a Wedge-tailed Shearwater was banking and twisting in front of the ship but I was unable to get any usable images. A few days later a Great Frigatebird and a Red-footed Booby whizzed past and once again they were only identified by some grainy images, in the case of the Frigatebird by its underwing.
The next day we were on the upperdeck for “Row the Suez”. Eighty-one members of the ship’s company had to do 2000 metres each in the quickest possible time. Although I do train a lot, rowing is not my strong point, so I was pleased that my time came somewhere in the middle. We didn’t break any records but it was good fun never-the-less.
A few more days past which were all birdless (unfortunately I have to do some work so can’t be on the upperdeck all the time) when I received a call telling me that there were 6 birds overhead following the ship. These turned out to be Red-footed Boobies. I imagine they were enjoying the updraft from the ship as they soared lazily above us.
My last sighting was another Booby with two Wedge-tailed Shearwaters veering away from the ship as we broke through the waves. That was it until one morning when I walked out onto the upperdeck and was greeted with the island of Mahe, part of the Seychelles, but more of this tropical paradise next time.