Monday, June 15, 2009
The Bonin Petrel
There is no Hawaiian name for this bird. They are creatures of the night on midway who spend the day foraging at sea. They dig burrows for their nests. Here is an adult doing some house keeping.
A bonin chick. Any time I walk off the trail I have to be very aware of their burrow homes. Most people here have collapsed a burrow. So far all mine have been unoccupied (they dig a new one every year). This does not stop me from hitting my knees and digging sand in a rescue attempt every time it happens. Remember your training and you will survive.
A fledgeling that has been hanging around our doorstep lately. I have not seen him in a while. He is probably slaying small fish in a distant sea by now. Be brave bold petrel.