Mike Fay

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Rat Patrol

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Tragic Sighting

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Arrival on Henderson Island

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: First Exploration of Ducie

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Departure Day

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Giant Fern Discovery and More

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: PhDs and Rose Apples

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, ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Mrs. T and Tedside

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 ...

Mike Fay’s Pitcairn Journal: Arrival on Pitcairn

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 ...