- By eggedit
March 20, 2015
I check my watch once again. 5:15 AM. I stare into the pitch black, complete darkness of the forest and keep waiting. Only a few more hours until dawn, when we can wrap up for the night and head home. Suddenly, a crashing sound erupts from the trees above and in a barely controlled fall, a large, gray, long-winged seabird plops down, nearly hitting me in the head in the darkness. It’s a Pink-footed Shearwater—known locally as Fardela Blanca. A bird built for the sea, landing 1,000 ft. up a mountain in a dense forest on Isla Mocha, Chile.