A lovely little air-conditioned car, rented from Hertz, took us around the island yesterday.
We wanted to visit the Hato Caves, near the airport and the Ostrich Farm, then the beaches on the north-west coast. Traffic was a bit heavy to start with but the lack of road signs and names made it an interesting time map reading. In the end we navigated by Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King and McDonald’s!!
The ostrich farm was great with a really good tour and information about the huge, highly inquisitive birds. They had a lot of character! The biggest surprise was that they do not bury their heads in the sand. All they do is put their ears to the ground to hear approaching danger. At a distance it can look as if they are actually burying their heads in the ground but it is just an optical illusion apparently.
Another fact was that they pull out and eat their own tail feathers, using the calcium to make the egg shells. One ostrich had almost half the feathers missing but that was because another female thought it better to eat someone else’s. Not a bad move!
We were able to hold and stand on an egg, feed some of the birds and we learnt a great deal about them. The guide has brought up most of the ostriches and they don’t see him as an enemy, so when he went into their enclosure the male just did a defensive ‘dance’ instead of kicking him to death! They run at 50 mph and kick straight ahead, if you get caught out!
Rob then had an ostrich burger for lunch. They have evening meals with an open fire, similar to some in Africa. All in all, a good visit.
Next we somehow found our way to the Hato Caves and had another good tour. Both places only cost a few GBP to visit, well worth it. The fresh water pools inside the caves, the bats and the indian trail were all interesting.
Tomorrow we are checking out and should be in Bonaire again by Saturday afternoon. Against wind and swell, so could be a bumpy trip, a good taste of what is to come when we head east to Grenada next month.