Mike Fay

Note: Due to the unfortunate discovery made by Mike Fay on 27 March, extra time was taken to communicate with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds before publishing his findings. We now recommence with the posting of the remaining entries from Mike’s Pitcairn Islands Expedition Journal in the proper sequence. You can follow...

Note: Due to the unfortunate discovery made by Mike Fay on 27 March and described below, extra time was taken to communicate with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds before publishing his findings. We will now recommence with the posting of the remaining entries from Mike’s Pitcairn Islands Expedition Journal in the proper...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence   I went up to the bridge at about 2 AM. I found Dave Pearce, watchkeeper, and Neil Broughton, captain, up there.  The room was dark; the sea was even darker.  On the bright radar screen a long thin prominent band loomed on our course.  I asked the obvious: “Henderson?”...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence Last night the boat’s engines went silent around 3 am. Talking to the crew earlier they said that we would arrive early at Ducie atoll so we would just drift for a few hours until day broke. I got up at 6:30 and I could already see this most southern...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence Rained all morning again, no sign of Brenda.  I went out to do some more plots but they were mostly a bust.  Not sure I really ever found them according to the GPS locations in Noleen’s thesis.  So instead I just headed back up the mountain and walked from one...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence A rare event is happening today: a cruise ship from Germany is arriving, and Brenda Christian, while being the wild woman of the island, has an alter ego, the immigration officer of the island.  Most adults on the island are employed part time in one or several government functions: post,...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence Its scientific name is Syzigium jambos, islanders call it rose apple.  It came to Pitcairn from a faraway land to provide islanders with much needed lumber after the native forest was depleted.   An added benefit, an edible fruit that tastes of an apple that smacks of eucalyptus.  Local say it...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence Torrential rain gave me a chance to shake off a bit of my sea legs in the morning.  Once the storm broke Brenda asked, “Want to go to Tedside?”  Barely able to absorb and remember even the most notable of the countless named landmarks, I just said “sure” having a...

By Mike Fay, NG Explorer-in-Residence The island came into view in the early hours of the 15th.  It was almost black in the morning sky, looming jagged and almost vertical.  If only I could have come with the Bounty. A bit closer in Adamstown looked like it was perched on the cliffs, houses scattered like...