We also now are under a fair amount of time pressure. The M.V. Edinburgh will be here at the end of February to collect Ross and we need to have finished the inspections before that as the regulations (and common sense) will not allow me to do the work on my own.
|Gough Island Moorhen, Gallinula comeri, adult male|
|Tree fern on the Tafelkoppie path|
|Ross placing a Darvic on a Tristan. The egg is under his hat on the the extreme left of the photo, to protect it from the Skuas.|
|Prince, on top of Mt. Zeus|
The scale of features and the distances on this island are strange. Covering even short distances at the lower altitudes on the island takes lots of time because of the vegetation and burrows. When you get above 400m, into the alpine/sub-antarctic vegetation then walking is much faster (though you do still have to be wary of waist deep mud holes) but distances seem much further than they truly are. For instance, what looks like it will take at least 30 minutes to cover can be covered in about 10 minutes and the entire time you are walking it looks as if it will really take 30 minutes, until you walk into whatever you were aiming at. Hopefully, I will get better at estimations soon.
|A Tristan threat display|
|R.M.S. St. Helana|