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For many birds in Northern Curaao, it seems to be  much easier do feed on sugar in Jaanchis Restaurant – even if there is a fierce competion – than to search for fruits in the dry wilderness.  
Green birds with yellow masks on their head fly with loud screams from one tree to another. The Caribbean brown throated parakeet is searching for fruit. It is a own subspecies of Bonaire.
2 days ago
Flying a drone from a saling yacht under sails is always a risk – especially if high waves and high winds may make it impossible to grab the drone when landing it at the back of the ship. Therfore, we choose a protected spot behind Klein Curacao for the first Orinoco under sails drone video. … Continue reading Orinoco under Sails
2 days ago
I will never forget this sound: thousands of Hermit Crabs (Einsiedlerkrebse) that bump into each other when walking around, thus producing a crackling sound. They arrive in the afternoon after tourists have left this remote island two hours away from Curacao – and eat everything one hundred visitors have left over after their rib and … Continue reading Dinner for Hermit Crabs
2 days ago
Klein Curacao is a small uninhibited island between Curacao and Bonaire. It has some huts for daytime visitors from Curacao and a “new” lighthouse, after the old one was destroyed by the last recorded  hurricane in that area in the late ninetieth century. But as often in the Caribbean sea, lighthouses are not always lighted. … Continue reading Between Curacao and Bonaire
5 days ago
As Bonaire is very dry, the very few fresh water wells had been very important for inhabitands in former time. The people in Bonaire now produce desalinated water, but the Bronswinkel’s Fresh Water Well is still important nowadays for a lot of animals, including birds, iguanas, lizards and goats.
7 days ago
The grey feathers of flamingos turn pink in the wild because of a natural pink dye that they obtain when feeding on shrimp and blue-green algae. The wetlands and lagoons in provide a rich amount of food for this animals. In the bird rehab in the South of Bonaire we saw the younger flamingos kept … Continue reading Flamingos
10 days ago
Able to fly for weeks on wind currents, frigatebirds spend most of the day in flight hunting for food. Their main prey are fish and, as in this case, squid, caught when chased to the water surface by tuna – or privded by a fisherman. They occasionally rob other seabirds for food.
11 days ago
I have never seen so many squids. At the Tugboat Beach in Curacao there seemed to be several families with adult animals and children that were swimming in the shallow water.
12 days ago
The Tug Boat (Lotsenboot) Beach is said to be the best snorkelling site in Curacao. It is snorkelling in an industrial area, right next to a huge dock and possibly a ship that stays there for maintenance. However, there is a nice bar and in a depths of only three meters deep you find the … Continue reading Tug Boat Beach
14 days ago
An old man was feeding Iguanas (Leguane) at the Tug Boat Beach in Curacao. He knew that the smell of moisture atracts these herbivorous lizards. And I knew that Iguanas are commonly eaten in Curacao, as soup or stew (Eintopf). I asked wether he eats them, an he answered: “This is Curacao”. I took that … Continue reading Iguana: the smell of moisture
19 days ago
The largest lagoon in Curacao, Spanish Water, is used by boats and marinas, tourist resorts and golf clubs. There is, however, some nature left, and its vegetation is dominated by cactus that grows in this subtropical but dry climate. The Caracara is a bird of prey and a scavenger, often found sitting on a cactus. … Continue reading Islands in Spanish Water
21 days ago
Spanish Water is a sheltered lagoon in Curacao surrounded by mangroves, a carribbean “hurrican hole”. Orincoco is stationed there this summer. Many small mangrove trees, growing in brackish water, are nearby. It is easy to spot a lot of animals there, including Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets (Silberreiher). They are resting there after a day of … Continue reading Mangrove Swamp
4 months ago
Three weeks on the open ocean. Dolfins, wales, seabirds and squalls. Sailing and living on board. And a rowing boat in the middle of the Atlantic.  
5 months ago
When sailing in the night, reducing the area of the sails (reefing) as a safety precaution in rough weather can be challenging. In the darkness, with a black sky and a black sea, there is little orientation. Video from the February transatlantic crossing by Ivan.  
5 months ago
At the inner reef, turtles and sting rays are quite abundant. At the outer reef, you occasionally may see a shark… even if only a nursing shark (Ammenhai). At dinner time, fish and lobster is grilled for more than one hundred sailors.
5 months ago
Some say it’s the best corall atoll in the Caribbean Islands for sailors, with it’s reefs… and leguans.
5 months ago
Happy Island: A bar on a reef, only to be reached by boat. And a world class kite surfing show. Clifton, Union Island, St.Vincent and the Grenadines
5 months ago
Another rowing boat arrived in Barbedos yesterday after six weeks of crossing the Atlantic Ocean and made landfall next to Orinoco at the St. Charles yachting club. The “Odyssey” of Riaan Manser and his friend is unrelated to the rowing journey of Dawn of, the English lady we met a few hundred miles before … Continue reading Another Transatlantic Rowing Boat
5 months ago
After three weeks of hard sailing 24 hours a day, some repairs had to be made. Our windgenerator now has new cables and our mainsail has a newly fixed main halyard (Großfall). One crew member even enjoyed climbing seventeen meters high to do do repairs and shoot selfies. Our dinnertable should be repaired tomorrow and … Continue reading Repairs again
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