|It started out so easily...|
|Just off the rocky beach in peaceful calm.|
In keeping with our "bird theme"... this little fellow paid us a visit. He was very inquisitive and acted as if he knew just what he was looking for.
His investigation was very thorough. We began to wonder what exactly he was looking for... because he sure knew his way around a sailboat!
He came very close to us with no fear. We sat still and watched in delight!
|See him peeking in from above?|
Faster than the camera could recover from that picture, our little invader hopped town through the hatch and flew to the top of the open v-berth door...
|I barely caught him atop the door on the left...|
We must have been found wanting because after this final run-through, the bird flew away.
The distance to shore was covered quickly and we congratulated ourselves on our decision NOT to attempt it by dinghy. The rocks are very close to the surface and completely protect this tiny sliver of perfect beach.
This is one of those places that we wonder how many people have left footsteps before us... It can't be many.
|Coral placed carefully into the holes in the cliff wall|
|Scrawled Filefish (I think)|
|The shy Porcupine Fish|
What we found was a bit of a surprise... Somebody was having a very bad day.
Sea Tow was on the way and they assured us they needed no help, so we continued on to the beach.
This is beginning to be creepy... like the nautical version of an Alfred Hitchcock movie or something.
Luckily there was less boat for him to inspect so he flew off quickly to leave us in peace.
|A willing subject... sea urchin remains|
There is a vast sandy expanse with coral beds surrounding it making it impossible to bring the big boat up close to the beach.
We were sad to see much of the coral was dead or dying, but we still found lots to entertain us.
|Bruce hovering above the baitfish cloud.|
|This fish thought he was camouflaged...|
|I watched in fascination as he changed colors before my eyes...|
|Another worm... Glad I didn't step on one of these!|
|You can see the baitfish clouds.|