Baiting Jerry the Fish Eagle!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

After taking 3 weeks to read 30 pages of A Short History of Africa and decided history books weren't really my cup of tea. Started the mammoth autobiography of Nelson Mandela - A Long Walk to Freedom. Spent the morning reading this book. Much more enjoyable.

Later 6 of us including Keith loaded up a dugout canoe with beers and lunch and headed out to Thumbi Island. First stop was a beach where we were hoping to spot some human sized monitor lizards. Unfortunately there were none to me seen. Keith bought guacamole sauce and bread for lunch that we washed down with a few beers. We tried to leave some of our lunch out for the lizards with no joy.

Next we canoed around to 'The Aquarium', an outcrop of rock that was teeming with cichlid. Some of the local guys could put their hands in the water, loaded with bread and catch the little blighters in their hands. All I caught was water and soggy bread.

After the Aquarium we set off to do what I really wanted to do. Before setting off that morning I'd gone down the market to buy a bag full of fish. We threw the fish out for Jerry, as he was know locally! Jerry was a fish eagle and he would come swooping down and grab them right out of the water about 20ft from the boat! I managed to get a couple of what would be very blurred photos!

The weather looked like it was going to take a turn for the worse and Keith was desperate to get back to the mainland for more beers. I liked Keith, he was direct, straight to the point and didn't take any crap is a way only people from the north of England can do.

After a couple more beers at the bar we went back to Keith's place where he cooked up some of the local maize flour (called Nshima here) and beans.

I bought a couple of carved pipes from Duncan, one of Keith's African buddies.
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