Kia ora from the Seamans!

November 22, 2023

Author: Owen Newbigging, B watch, Queen’s University

Two endemic kererū (pigeons). In the summer, these birds eat lots of berries that ferment in their stomachs, making them drunk!

Ship's Log

November 21st, 2023Current Position: Dockside in AucklandShip’s Heading & Speed: Not movingWeather: Sunny skies and low 20s (C)

After a very delayed flight leaving Christchurch, we arrived in Aucklandyesterday tired, a bit stinky, and very excited to meet our new home. TheSeamans must’ve been a bit stinky too, because she needed to be hauled outand washed early this morning. So, after meeting our watch groups, we wentto bed, needing to be up at 5am this morning to be off the ship in time forhaul out.While the boat got cleaned, we made the most of the day by visiting theTiritiri Maitangi island reserve, the only scientific nature reserve in theworld open to the public. After scrubbing our shoes and hopping on abeautiful ferry ride, we arrived at the reserve. There, we were greeted bytwo sweet, and bird-crazy, volunteers for guided nature hikes. As we walkedthrough the forest, we saw and heard tons of native birds, many of whom hopor scurry on the ground or among branches instead of flying. One even hastwo throats and can make over 200 notes. A few people even saw a grasshopperthe size of a dinner plate! Other notable sightings were nesting penguinsand saddlebacks, both of which have come back strong after facingextinction, thanks to the reserve’s efforts. After our guided walk, we wentfor a dip in the ocean, and boated back to the mainland.We had a few hours in Auckland before getting back on the Seamans, so wesplit up and explored the city. Some of us walked over to the New ZealandAmerica’s Cup training center, and although we couldn’t go inside, the teamwas super friendly. Back on the ship, we had pasta dinner and got introducedto the galley. We’re winding down now, journaling topside, drawing birds,and getting ready for a busy day tomorrow.Stoked to go sailing,Owen Newbigging, B watch, Queen’s University (the lonely Canadian)

A sleeping owl in the wild native forest at Tiritiri Maitangi scientific reserve.
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  1. Pat Hilgendorff November 27, 2023 at 18:20 - Reply

    Thank you very much for posting, Owen. We are glad to hear about your journey. I would have chosen to go to the nature reserve, also! Looking forward to seeing more posts when the opportunity arises.

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