Sun bait

One day of hard graft and then the weekend off. Yippee!

Let me introduce the other volunteers. Lilly, from Tasmania. Alice, from Wales. Dan, from England (though at uni with Alice in Wales).

I bought my Snorkeling pass. Everyone has to pay $10 to use the sea here. That money goes towards any resources required to maintain the marine park. Then we went Snorkeling.

Here on Bonaire, you can pretty much step off the shore and into reef anywhere down the west coast. Amazing! I saw so many fish. Some of which I recognised from the Red Sea. Such as Goat fish, Squirrel fish, and all of the glorious Angel and Butterfly fish. Every kind of Parrot fish, Trumpet fish, Basslets, Trunkfish.

All spectacular. As was my sun burn. First day on the beach. Sun bait!

Saturday’s (new) birds:
White-tipped dove
Venezuelan troupial
Magnificent frigatebird
Snowy egret
Ruddy turnstone
Laughing gull
Eared dove
Ruby topaz hummingbird
Bank swallow
Red breasted blackbird – apparently very rare visitor, but I promise that’s what I saw.

In the evening we sampled some Bonaire nightlife. But it was all I could do not to doze off and topple off my bar stool.

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About Olivia N Masi

From art college drop-out, to office space-planner, to back-packer, to air stewardess, to brolly babe, to model agent, to wildlife conservationist. How? I've always believed in jumping at every opportunity that comes my way. This has taken me along some bizarre career paths. None of which I regret. I have been to amazing places and met fascinating people. And having worked in the motor sport industry I've sadly experienced too many beloved friends take one adrenalin step too many. I think of them always. I've hung out with pop-stars, sports personalities, and millionaires. I reached a point when nothing but VIP would do. And then something happened. My pops passed away and I felt the need to reconnect with my Italian side. Whilst in Italy, I learnt to be resourceful, to recycle everything, to listen to the valley, to grow my own veg, to catch and tame feral cats, and to follow my heart. My heart led me to a desire to save this beautiful Earth, and all the wonderful life upon it. And so I read, and then I studied with the Open University. I suddenly found myself accepted on a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, having left school with pitiful qualifications. So here I am. A qualified Wildlife Conservationist. A scientist I suppose. I love nothing more than to listen to birdsong, and watch, learn and photograph wildlife. So here is to me getting the perfect job where I can contribute to saving one of Earth's beautiful species. Do I miss the glamour of the old life? The VIP lifestyle? The petrol-head adrenalin? The buzz of being a successful business owner? Only occasionally. Though it seems more like the distant dreams of a previous life.
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