Adil Khalid (Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing), the Bird Whisperer
While having his morning breakfast, getting ready for yet another busy day aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's yacht Azzam, Adil made a new, rather unusual friend: a Great Skua. The large seabird happened to be flying near the boat when it caught Adil's attention, who waved his hand with a piece of bread to attract the visitor.
Asserting its reputation as a 'pirate of the seas, showing little fear of humans and deliberately harassing other birds to steal a free meal', the bird glided down without a moment's hesitation and snatched the bread from his hand. Then, to Adil's amusement, it made a return for another treat, before it parted away from the yacht heading to the opposite direction, flapping its wings as though making a gesture thanks.
"The boys saw me, so they asked what I was doing," says Adil, to which he retorts: "I'm brushing up on my falconry skills. Just like back home, where I enjoy falconry with friends…"
Marie LaurensVolvo Ocean Race News Distribution ManagerSpainmlaurens@sunsetvineapp.com+34668103908