We carried with us part of our food- and water-supplies, gasoline, computers and camera-equipment. One of the boat's crew helped us to transfer the goods from the boat to the rock. Then we were in charge to get all material up to the tiny lighthouse on top. (80 feet above sea-level)
This was a VERY HARD JOB due to the extreme high temperatures, the terrible smell of guano and the difficult ground. Sometimes we had to jump from stone to stone, some parts were very slippery due to loose rocks.
The place is almost white colored by the bird's excrements.
It was really a HARD work and everybody was exhausted when all the material was stored near to the light-tower !!!!
Farallón Centinela has a population of hundreds of boobies, which produce a tremendous amount of noise. Every 2 feet you see an egg or a young bird protected (or not) by the parents. The birds don't built nests, because ABSOLUTELY no building-material is available on the rock; NO vegetation at all. So the young birds and eggs are laying the bare stone.
The parents are not aggressive until you come to near. The danger-zone begins about 1 foot away. Later I got a hurting souvenir on my left leg when I was carrying a piece of tube and didn't pay too much attention into ALL directions.
Every pair of boobies has it's own territory and they never let another bird to cross the limit.
Of course we had to accept the situation which generated later very funny experiences for us. You can observe some of them in the following pictures.
The "heavy equipment" we left the day before at an airbase in Caracas was supposed to be carried by a helicopter to the island.
Once we carried all our stuff to the top, we called our colleagues (YV5MHX and YV5NCZ) in Caracas. They were in charge of our logistics on an air-base and already had loaded the chopper and prepared to start the airlift-operation.
A few moments later the machine started and after about 30 minutes flight-time it arrived at Farallón Centinela.
The rock seen from the
helicopter (All pix from aboard the chopper shot by