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           November, 2005

  •      The Glass Window Bridge is one of Eleuthera's most famous landmarks. The Glass Window Bridge was a natural bridge until hurricane Betsy washed it away in 1965. It was named the Glass Window Bridge because sailors on the rough Atlantic side could look through at the nice Caribbean side



        Monday, November 7th, 2005:

   A picture of the our beach is on Google Earth's Homepage! There are five satellite photos on the homepage and the one on the far right has our house in it. What are the Odds?!
   The Atlantic side is the dark blue and the Caribbean side is the light blue. The Bahamians call the Caribbean side the sea and the Atlantic side the ocean.
   To find Gaulding Cay follow the Caribbean coast till you find a small island. Our house is directly in from the cay. The Glass Window Bridge just got cut out of the picture. The average width of Eleuthera is roughly two miles, some places it gets very wide and at the Glass Window it goes down to a one lane bridge. Where we live its exactly a half mile wide.
    The big point at the top left of the map is Mutton Fish point, two coves towards Mutton fish from our beach is Lenny Kravitz's beach. The water from our beach to Nassau (which is 50 miles to the west) doesn't get deeper than 40 feet. On the Atlantic side it drops off right away.

        Thursday, November 3rd, 2005:

    We went down to Singing Sands resort today. The rooms and restaurant are really cool. Its right on the beach.
   On the way back I saw the Eleuthera's new fire truck. It looks pretty nice. We stopped at Matt Hoopes's house and I found a Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) eating his papayas. Here's a picture of it.

  On the way back home we turned down Sweetings pond road and found it blocked, but we got some good pictures of a Smooth Billed Ani (Crotophaga ani).

        Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005:

    Tons of Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) just showed up for the winter today. I was out for an hour taking a pictures of them and only got one good one. The Monarchs come down here every year for the winter, but I haven't paid much attention to them. This year I'm going to try and find a lot of different butterflies. I think I saw two Tiger Swallowtails but I couldn't get close enough to tell.  

      I took this picture earlier today. Click here for a bigger picture.

  My dad took a picture of my mom and I walking on the beach. You can barely make out our cat in the left hand corner. Pretty sunset.

        Tuesday, November 1st, 2005: has just been updated with information about the new resort called Singing Sands. It looks really nice. Here's the link:

         Monday, October 31st, 2005:

     I went to the pond at Mutton fish point today. The pond is one of the few fresh water ponds on Eleuthera. I saw two giant egrets there, so there must be some fish in there.
  I tried to walk by the pond to look for fish and I sunk a foot down into pudding-like mud. It took me while to get out and when I finally did the egrets had left so I couldn't take a picture of them. Here is a picture of the pond.


                         Egret footprints

       Sunday, October 30th, 2005:          

     We saw three egrets at Gaulding Cay today. I tried to get a picture of them, but they flew off before I could get close.

   The tide was lower than I've ever seen it before. We could walk out to the cay without getting our knees wet. Its probably so low because its almost a new moon and the east winds pushing all of the water out.
My dad turned 52 today. He did a handstand on the beach today for us.

          Saturday, October 29th, 2005:  

    There were two herons on the end of the cay this morning. My mom and I were going to paddle out to take a picture of them but they flew away before we could get out.

Yesterday there was a snowy egret (Egretta thula) on one of the points. This was the first time I've seen a snowy egret in the Bahamas.

I have a links page now. Click here to see it.

       Thursday, October 27th, 2005:

    My dad and I went fishing out on the Cay late this afternoon, the tide was very high. We weren't getting any hits a all. My line got all tangled up and I had to spent about twenty minutes undoing it. When I finally got my line undone, I cast and got a giant tug. I had a good fight and pulled in a 21 inch mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis) using a yellow jig.  A lot of people in Eleuthera only use yellow jigs.
My mom baked it using a Pete Fox recipe and it turned out excellent.

         Wednesday, October 26th, 2005:

   Magnificent Frigate (Fregata magnificens) birds usually are out at sea. We don't see them that much here, and when they are here they are usually flying high around the cay. Frigate birds like to steal other birds food, but they will get their own if they have to. They can't walk or swim very well. We see Bahama Mockingbirds harass them a lot. We see them around our house in groups when bad storms come. The only time we get a good look at them are when storms come. After hurricane Frances there was a frigate bird ten feet above us.

    Our beach is completely different. The west winds from hurricane Wilma pushed in a lot of sand. My mom found a Pearly Razorfish (Xyrichtys novacula) washed up on the beach yesterday. I was so mad, because every time we go snorkeling I have been looking for them and haven't seen one. Razorfish have a sharp head and dart in the sand when threatened.

          Our beach today. The sand point is new.
         Pearly Razorfish. Look at the teeth!      
                   Pearly Razorfish


        Monday, October 24th, 2005:

     My mom woke me up earlier this morning to get ready for hurricane Wilma. We went out to the beach to tie up some small sailboats that Skip has here to teach the Bahamian kids to sail. He has six lasers and six optis on a trailer. I started to tie a boat up and a gust lifted two optis and a laser right off the trailer. The laser went right over my head and landed about sixty feet away.

     I went down to the beach to take some pictures of the waves. The water was coming up fast.
   My parents made me go back to the house to help with more jobs for a while. I didn't go outside much till 4pm. When I went back out the water covered our whole beach. I walked down to the neighbors with my mom took some pictures of their back yard.
     I walked around the house a bit and saw nine frigate birds (Fregata magnificens) flying not too far away. I ran back home to get the camera but when I got back there was only one left. On the way home with my mom we saw four frigate birds. The winds were a lot stronger than we thought they would be. The power is out now. I'm using a generator so I'll write more later.

                 Gaulding Cay / Hurricane Wilma

                 Frigates at Gaulding Cay / Hurricane Wilma

                Our neighbors back yard / Hurricane Wilma

               Our neighbors pirate flag / Hurricane Wilma

        Saturday, October 22nd, 2005:

    I found a small Fowl snake (E. striatus mccraniei) in our yard today. It could be the pigmy boa, but I don't think it is. They are both in the Boa family. He was only about seven inches long. This is the smallest Fowl snake we have ever seen. I took about a 30 pictures of him and only a few came out. These snakes can get up to nine feet long, but they don't get very big around. Tomorrow I'll post a picture of a big one we saw when we first got here.
                                Fowl snake in our yard:                              


        Tuesday, October 18th, 2005:

    We went up to Egg island a few weeks ago in the C. S. Trader. (40' Marina Trawler) Egg island is a small island just north of current cut. It's about 15 miles away from our house by boat. We anchored off a beach and snorkeled to shore. We snorkeled around a bit even though the water was very murky.
    On the way back to the boat. I looked to my left and saw two giant Bottle-nosed dolphins. They scared the life out of me until I saw what they were. They swam about ten feet away and then came right by us. Sometimes they would swim away and we would think they had left and then they would come right back at us and make another close pass. One time they went about three feet away from us. I could here them making the clicking noise. I was kind of scared of them at first because they were so big. They were about 8 feet long.
   The next day we went snorkeling in the same place and a big Spotted Eagle ray swam really slow by us. It was really cool.

        Friday, October 14th, 2005:

     A few days ago Pete Fox took us fishing in his dinghy. We launched the boat by Governors Harbour airport on the Atlantic side. It was pretty rough out. The first fifteen minutes we didn't get very many hits, but after a while we got tons of hits.

   Sometimes we would be reeling in a fish and a big barracuda would come up and bite it. We usually just got a head but sometimes the barracuda would get hooked then we would bring it in. One time a cuda hit the fish so hard that both of them went spinning through the air.

   Most of the fish we caught were Yellowtail snapper and Bar Jack. While we were out, a big rainstorm came in between us and where we launched. We waited a while and then decided to head into it. It dissipated when we headed into it though. We didn't get too wet. The water color was really pretty sometimes.

   On the way back we got wet from the spray hitting the boat. It felt good, because it was so hot out. We were trolling with bait casters and yellow jigs. When we went in we counted the fish. We caught eighty fish! We kept a few fish, but most of them went to Pete's Bahamian friends. They ranged from 9 to 10 inches to over four feet. (The one that was over four feet was a barracuda. One of the barracuda's I caught was just an couple inches under four feet.)

   When we would bring the barracudas in the boat, we would stuff them under our feet, they would flop around a lot. I was kind of nervous because their teeth are so big.

        Thursday, October 13th, 2005:

   Sorry I haven't been posting because of updating problems. We went snorkeling around the cay yesterday and saw some groupers, an eagle ray, and a big barracuda. A few days ago Pete Fox took us fishing on the Atlantic side. We went down by Governors Harbour airport. We took Pete's dinghy out. It was pretty rough. There were some big waves and a lot of chop. We caught 80 fish. Most of them were Yellowtail Snapper and Bar Jack. We got a few barracudas too. I might write more about it another day.

        Thursday, October 6th, 2005:        

    A small bird flew into our house and hit a window yesterday. After about twenty seconds he was flying around in our screened in porch. If anybody know what kind it is please email me.

UPDATE: I just found out that this bird is a Hooded Warbler.
I found a cool bird research website for Eleuthera. Click here to go to it.
               Here is another picture of a Banana spider.

        Tuesday, October 4th, 2005:

   While we were coming from back from the Surfers beach (Atlantic side) we saw a small cuckoo on our driveway. I got out of the car and took a few pictures of him and then a small bird chased him away. I looked it up when I got home it was a Thick-billed Vireo. I started to walk back home and I saw a big Banana spider. I took some pictures of it too.

   Yesterday we went snorkeling around the cay. We saw some groupers and a big turtle. The turtle was eating the sea grass. When we tried to get close he swam off.

                      Great Lizard Cuckoo

                            Thick-billed Vireo
           Thick billed Vireo

                               Banana Spider
            Banana Spider

   We found a new grass patch that has a small reef on it. My dad and I took the kayak out to it to go snorkeling. We saw a lot of cool fish. We liked the reef so much we went back out a few days later. This time we took the camera. Here are some pictures of some of the fish.

                           Yellow Stingray

                          Yellow Stingray

              School of Black Margates and Grunts

                   Juvenile Queen Angelfish

        September 4th, 2005: 

    I'm back. I was at the Florida Yacht club for the summer. I had a lot of fun there. The Yacht club is in Jacksonville on the St. Johns River. The Florida Yacht club is the oldest yacht club in Florida.

   There is a lot of wildlife in the area. I saw plenty of birds, manatees, and two alligator gars. We took out two optis with just rudders and  I got to swim with the manatees which was really scary. There were at least four manatees. Me and my friend Bennett were in the water pulling ourselves as close to the boats as we could.

    They have a sailing camp where they teach kids how to sail Optis, Lasers, and 420s. I
was an assistant instructor there. I helped mainly with rigging and de-rigging, but I helped coach a little too. I would like to thank Skip Miller, the waterfront director, and all of the people at the Yacht Club. I really enjoyed the summer.

Here is some links that go to the Florida Yacht club's website:



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