Gough Island was tough, really tough but just when I had given up, I got a taste, be it a very little taste...but then, it rained harder, it blew harder, and the swell grew, and we had just gotten out in a zodiac, AND just seen the Gough Island Finch and then we had to go back to ship because ten minutes later, it blew even harder. Crap, was that an unsatisfying look at a rare bird. No photograph, everyone a little crabby as the person who had it best was my wife and the guy driving the zodiac was a geologist. "It is by the penguin looking at us." Really? What the F^%%$ is that for directions but...I saw it....we were the only ones.
Gough Island is an isolated volcano 1500 miles southwest of Cape Town, it is uninhabited except for a weather station manned by South Africans. They told us the weather would hold until 4 pm, they were wrong. I guess what do they know? It is a lonely yet gorgeous place, that has been taken over by house mice, that have mutated...have eaten up and almost destroyed a dozen species of birds, finally, finally, in 2020 they have scheduled a rat/ mouse eradication plan, that IMHO should have been done earlier but I guess better late than never. We seem to be lost in the clouds of huge environmental concerns (global warming) that are tough to fix when we lose sight of the local problems that can actually be easily fixed. I worry about concerns like plastic and introduced species like rats, and these Gough super mice.
Gough was wet, and a gorgeous place to see for someone if the weather was better