Thursday, August 6, 2009

I've had my hands full

A Gooney egg. Gooney is a coloquial name for the albatross. Why they went with Albatross instead of Gooney I dont know. You may thing Albatross sounds more dignified, than why Booby instead of Gannet? This egg was layed several months ago, and must be handled carefully as its contents have been stewing in the sun and are under tremendous preassure.

A white tern that had gotten itself stuck in an invasive species of algae that thives in some of the duck ponds. Moments after this picture was taken, the tern was seen flying away after preening its feathers and drying off a bit.

This male Laysan Duck is sick. It is infected with the botulism toxin. This particular duck was the first one I treated personnaly, injections, tube feeding, and all. Four days later he was released with a clean bill of health.

A live .50 cal round from WWII.

A brown noddy chick. These have been popping up all over the island recently. More on that later.

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