It was a dark and stormy night (seriously, it was) – bolts of lighting and peals of deafening thunder rent the evening air. We’d battened down, lowered the mains’il, had up a storm jib and were trailing chains aft as lightning conductors. We just rounded Cabo Corrientes and were heading up the Yucatan channel. It was a grisly night to be out at sea. Unexpectedly out of this hellish chasm came two visitors; a pair of small chattering barn swallows. They appeared exhausted and fluttered onto the aft deck unfazed by the workings of sheets and backstays. The wheelhouse door was open and the sheltered interior beckoned – in unison they flew up and spied a soft and inviting roosting spot …….
Isn’t it quite extraordinary how many miles birds cover migrating between the seasons? Take the tiny Arctic tern’s epic journey between the two poles, clocking up 70,000 kilometers on a round trip. Since the birds live for 30 years or more, they can total up a tidy 1.5 million frequent flyer miles.
On that note, they get my vote for outstanding “Endurance” in this week’s Photo Challenge.