How a one footed seagull saves the day

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
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Trip End Feb 28, 2013


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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, October 8, 2012

When you read about the Bay of Islands and look up some pictures you'll think it's paradise.
A bay with 142 islands with beautifull beaches, swimming with dolphins and a big hole in a rock far out into the great ocean! Sounds pretty great in theory right? So I booked a boat tour with dolphin spotting garanteed.

Well to be honoust with you guys, my trip was nothing like paradise and here's why:
First of all the weather was really bad. Rain, clouds, strong winds and strong currents. As a result of this, a visit to the farrest point of this tour, Hole in the rock, could not be done because the see was too dangerous.
Bad weather usually also means no swimming with the dolphins.
Well at least we might spot some I thought, but even this wasn't the case..
So what's left of this tour?
Spotting a few Islands and beaches and listening to the captain mentioning some historical facts about the islands. What a waste of money and time, that's what I thought!
At almost the end of the tour we stopped over at one of the islands for lunch.
Suddenly the sun started shining which made me realize, allthough the tour was pretty crappy so far, I should make the most out of it anyway.
This seemed to help because as I walked over the pier I spotted a nice stingray swimming in the unshallow clear waters of this bay!
As I walked over the beach I spotted a group of seagulls. With nothing to do on the island besides having lunch with old retired folks, I decided to see how close I could get to them.
And that's real close when you have some food these birds are craving for!
One of the seagull misses a foot but seems to be handling itself really good between the two feeted seaguls.
Let's put this to a little test :)
I threw a piece of food into the group of seagulls to see what happens. And guess what..
My one footed friend gets away with the food! Survival of the fittest in a way I guess!
Even though this became a lousy trip without dolphins, I still managed to have some fun.
Make the most out of a bad situation folks, that's the message!

PS: Doing this tour in the summer with greater chance of succes wouldn't be a bad idea either.
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