One day, after hiking to the high point of the island to check out the views, Mele and Bis offered to take Graham, Diane, Cindi, and me to see a nearby cave strewn with early human bones. Bringing out the Indiana Jones in us, how could we refuse??? Lead on, oh fearless guides!!!
A few days later, we were telling Bis how interesting the cave trip was. He mentioned that he might be able to find another cache of bones near another cave as well, if we were up for it......UP FOR IT??? Lead on, Bis!!!
|Check out Joanna's left foot hold!!!! We're getting there!!!|
|Graham, aka "Indie of Ardwall"|
|Reaching the ledge of bones|
|"Who goes there???"|
After checking out the bones, we decided to check out the little cave opening next to the ledge. Bis said no one had been up here yet this year. He stuck his head in, and immediately we heard a horrendous SCREEECH from deep in the cave!!! It kept on going!!! Bis freaked out, so of course so did we kaipalangis!!! (No matter how old they are, messing about with skulls is bound to put you on edge!!!) We thought that maybe a feral pig was around the corner, and no one wanted to meet it face to face!!!
|Entrance on right, then into the larger cave to the left|
It was a baby bird, tucked into a small alcove just inside the cave entrance, whose mother must have left to go get food. At first we thought it might be an owl, but looking at it's webbed feet, it's obviously a sea bird of some type. After checking on the internet, it's clearly a baby white tailed tropic bird.
We took a few photos of the feisty chick as we walked past into the large cave beyond. We were eager to check it out and be gone before mom came back with dinner!!!
|Hard to believe how loud the little guy's warning cry was!!!|
|Cindi looking for the lost "Temple of Doom"|
|Bis at a rear entrance to the cave in the face of the cliff, looking out over the water.|