I am a frigate bird.  I live in Anegada where I rule the sea and air.  Do you see that faint outline of an island on the Horizon?  That's Virgin Gorda.  Bunches of tourists visit come from there to visit my domain.  This is the pose I use to show them how majestic I am.  Take a look at my wing span.  I was made to soar on the updrafts of paradise.  All those tourists are jealous of how beautiful I am.  I feel sorry for them because they are earthbound; they never get to see what I see and do what I can do.



This is my scary pose.  My talons and hooked beak are ready for action.  My feathers are  quivering in the trade wind as I prepare to make a power dive.  When fish look up in the heavens and see me looking down, they start yelling dive, dive dive!  They aren't talking to me.  They are talking to each other, because they are my lunch, and if they don't do their own power dive into the depths of the lagoon, they will have a new home in my stomach.  Yummy.

Sometimes I'm not interested in being majestic or scary.  Instead, I go for the cool look.  I'm just cruising above the ripples with a smile on my face.  You probably can't see my smile, but it's there.  I'm so glad that I'm a frigate bird and that I can be cool.


This is my contortionist athletic pose.  You'll notice that I'm doing  two things at the same time.  I'm flying straight ahead with perfect form in my wings ( a perfect 10) and at the same time picking up fish out of the water.  When I compete in the World Frigate Bird Olympics, this is the pose that will win me a gold medal.

Rats.  I dropped the stupid fish.  I hope no one saw me drop it.  That could destroy the cool and athletic image that I have been striving so hard to cultivate.  You human dudes aren't the only ones who have to impress the chicks.

We all have this inexplicable desire to leave a legacy, and this is how I want to be remembered.  Master and Commander of Anegada - Ruler of the Air and Sea.   That's not too much to ask.


Frigate birds are lucky because they don't have to waste their time thinking silly thoughts about how cool they are, and they don't have to make majestic poses or project an image that will be loved by all.  There are plenty of chicks to go around, so they don't have to worry about the chicks either.  They don't worry about keeping score, and they have no legacy to create and no titles to defend.


They simply have a wing to mouth existence, and if humans don't destroy them, they will live long and prosper.


As for me, I think frigate birds are cool, and I want to be more like them.  I will soar on the updrafts of God's love.  Like them, I've got no worries about being cool or projecting an image that will be loved by all.  I am what I am, and if it's good enough for God, it's good enough for me.  And as for legacy, that's a burden that I will leave to politicians and the rich and famous.

Right now, I have a date with my friends the frigate birds.  They're going soaring, and I'm going sailing. Life is good.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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