ringnecked dove rests in the rigging

An exhausted ringnecked dove rests in the rigging. A heartbreaking side effect of anti-cruising are the many encounters with land-based birds that have become lost (and forced to remain in flight) over the open sea. Often, they have been in flight for days. For many, the first thing they do after landing on board is fall asleep and die. At least their last breath wasn't seawater. This dove slept most of the day in that position, under the boom, clinging to a rope tied to prevent accidentally gibing. Unfortunately, as night fell, there was no choice but to make a sail change. The bird tried valiantly to follow the yacht's floodlights and tried several terrified landings, but disappeared into the night.

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