Posts made in December, 2011

Wildlife ‘Soup’

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Birds, The Run Up, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

Sooty shearwaters again this morning. Their rafts stretch for miles into a misty horizon. Hardly a breath of wind ripples the olive water. Lista Light skewers the hordes. The sound of pattering webbed feet as they scramble to take flight from their moving air field. Saltwater beads cascade in their wake. Their slim wings almost shear through the surface of the sea as they slice  into the air. The air’s ripe with water. Sounds carry thick in its soup. Magellanic penguins bray themselves hoarse as we skim passed another floating wooded island, another island plump with penguin amour, as...

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Headline Sponsor for the 5000 Mile Project Unveiled!!!!!

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

In an eagerly awaited press release this morning, after their recent blow of failing to land Saucony as their headline sponsor for the 5000mileproject the Lowries proudly unveiled their latest (and only) outdoor apparel sponsor amidst a celebrity-studded gala. Working between the press packs and gliterazzi, a veritable who’s who of popular media and sporting folklore, the demure, bedazzled couple gingerly took to the stage to address the assembled masses. As a caucophony of nikon D4 camera clicks intensified and the din of Europa reached a soaring crescendo the couple cast off their old...

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The Sooties

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Birds, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

They glide in a constant stream passed the boat. Hundreds, thousands amass, reconfigure and disperse in sinuous effortless gyrating eddies. Like a heat haze, but the air is chill. The light is waning. The mountains are receding. Golden strands finger through the silver clouds. And still they come. Like a scene from Hitchcock’s, ‘The Birds’. But these birds are silent. Sooty shearwaters. We count over 4000 individuals. Such fecund wildlife is becoming every day parlance in these mysterious Chilean channels. Yet these shearwaters are the kings. They reside in the mighty albatross and...

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‘…even educated fleas do it . . . lets do it, lets . . . fall in love . . .!’

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Birds, The Run Up, Wildlife Moment Of The Week | 0 comments

It’s mid summer’s day in the Southern Hemisphere and at 44 degrees south of the equator, that means a full 16 hours of sunlight. It’s a curious day in the calendar, where the sun’s zenith is at its furthest south, cultures around the world are full of stories and celebration. In Chile in means the summer has started. Implicit therefore that spring has ended. We leave the Lista Light early on our Kayak to wander through our archipelago of wooded islands afoot the Andes. It may be the longest day but there is a chill in the air from last night’s hailstorm which coated the decks white...

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Drowned Rats

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in The Run Up | 0 comments

  We’re still voyaging south. Indeed, at Lista Light’s (our old sailing boat) current pace we will be for several years more. Fishing boats, dolphins, sea lions, imperial cormorants, you name it; leave us flailing in their fishy wake. The ‘run-up to the run’ is not progressing quite at the desired rate. What we need are strong north winds. What we have are wonderfully warm, but incessantly southerly winds. This has led us to an impromptu stop at Cisnes. ‘Cisnes’ means ‘swans’ in Spanish and the pretty little town nestling in the skirts of forested Andean mountains is a...

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