|The wind died over night so the morning was simply magnificent. The ocean waves provided background sound during the night. Dick was able to take another morning run. By the time he returned I was up reading my book facing the ocean since the gates were still locked.
Following breakfast, the four of us walked to town to discover that Bird Island was near by. Harbour exploration was done first before buying our tickets to the island. Seals and many old fishing boats were of interest in the harbour.
The wind had picked up again making the island less crowded. Ganets nest here and are not found anywhere else. I didn't expect much but was proven wrong when at the viewing hide we witnessed thousands of birds going through rituals. They are so intersting! Sky pointing with their beaks straight up in the air indicated they were about to fly up from their nest. Bowing reassured their mate. Preening and scissoring (when the birds cross thier beaks with one another)calmed the pair and lastly copulation with nape biting.
These birds are beautiful in color. Eyes are surrounded by a blue ring, and a soft yellow head has black lines down the neck and face. Bird Island was definately worth the walk.
Back at the harbour front we found Isabella's Restaurant for lunch. I had this huge plate of crayfish, Al had line fish, Elaine enjoyed fresh catch of the day, and Dick opted for the breakfast. Huge portions for all. The sun finally poked its' warm head out so we sat outside.
Further into town we walked to find a camera card for Elaine, the mad photographer. All her cards are full! Back at the motor home we enjoy probably our last BBQ dinner. Tomorrow we head further south to check out another popular bay.