Feathered visitors on board HS Beethoven

Yesterday I found three racing pigeons in the aft station of our vessel. All the crew had gathered there for a fire drill, but these creatures didn’t show any sign of stress or fear. They were staying so still because they were very tired after flying for who knows how many miles and they decided to take a rest on a moving vessel. Smart choice for them, isn’t it? I don’t know where they were coming from or where they are going, but it was the first time for me that I saw pigeons on the vessel. They rarely fly over large bodies of water and almost never over big seas, like China Sea. These pigeons must have come from the land close by and they had to go back to land as soon as possible.

When I tried to approach them, two flew away, but one remained on the spot, almost incapable of moving or resisting. I was able to touch it for a second and Florin, our electrician, even took it in his hands and caressed it for a while, before putting it back to rest in a safe place.

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I am always happy to see and meet new feathered creatures on board de vessel – some kind of clandestine passengers – and sometimes I get the chance of approaching them quite close. After admiring the pigeon for a while, I met another feathered personage – a small bird, which came to rest for a while on the railings from the Monkey Station. The first time I noticed them, there were two similar birds, staying together on the railings, but one of them got scared and ran away before I got the chance of approaching them. The other one didn’t mind me at all and it continued to stay there for a few minutes, allowing me to move around and take photos from different angles.

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With so many birds around us, it looks like spring is coming in China, too. We are looking forward to it.

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