Hello, it’s Priya. Have you ever noticed how days go by in the blink of an eye? Well, that’s how I felt on my last day of work on Aride Island. How had I lost track of time? The hours of the day were always too short despite starting the job bright and early. Waking up to the sound of waves and birds chirping joyously had been soothing. At dusk it would always get noisier as all the birds would be coming home to their nests after spending their whole day at sea. This would always remind of how noisy it would be at home at that time of the day whereby everyone would be coming home after a long day of work and talk about anything and everything.
I had a habit of walking along the beach every morning and every night at sunset taking breathtaking pictures of the island. However, the pictures are nothing compared to how magnificent the island is while witnessing its beauty live and direct. That’s one amongst the many things I miss about the island.
At night there would be ghost crabs and lizards walking around everywhere as well as shear waters and brown noddies on the ground. I always had t o be extra careful while walking at night because if I got too close to a brown noddy’s chick I would get into serious trouble as they are very aggressive when they have a chick. That was another thing which reminded me of home, of how protective my family is towards me.
The birds never ceased to amaze me, they would always work together to protect their home. Each and every time an unknown species of bird would try and land on Aride, they would all start circling the bird, not giving it a chance to land and chase it from the island. They are very possessive and protective of their property.
I am eternally grateful for the opportunity as I got to experience the true island life and I got to play a role in helping to conserve the island. There’s no doubt that I’ll be going back there again someday. Who knows? It might even be really soon as I’ve been told to come visit.