Today, many of us started the day much earlier than normal. The proximity to land was a welcomed sight after a few days at sea. A few intrepid explorers successfully overcame the landing pier and the swell and managed a visit to Georgetown, the capital of Ascension Island. All of us happily went out later in the afternoon for a visit to the incredible Boatswain Bird Island, one of the best islands in the world for tropical seabirds. Huge numbers of seabirds breed on this island, including, until very recently, the entire population of Ascension frigatebirds!