Audubon's Shearwater rests on the ground at Long Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Another shearwater on the ground at night at Long Cay
Rick Oliver holds a chick at Long Cay in 1999
Mackin hands an adult to Kim Brand after pulling it from a nest site
An emaciated chick found just off San Salvador in 2007 readily eats raw squid fed to it by Will Mackin and Kathy West. Photo by Roy Toft.
The chick finished the meal on its own. Photo by Roy Toft.
team of volunteers at the Gerace Research center fed and provied water
to the fledgling for 1 week. After doubling its weight from an initial
100 g to 200 g, the team released the banded bird at an active
view of Long Cay, Exuma Park Bahamas looking southeast from the western
side of the cay. The cay hosts 800-1200 pairs of shearwaters in
crevices within the karst limestone.
Ideal shearwater habitat in the bahamas: Rocky shore with vegetation providing cushioning and cover for the birds' nest sites.
Will Mackin recovers a shearwater chick from its nest. The vegetation is Capparis
a wild caper that normally grows as a bush. When in association with
Shearwaters, it grows in a vine-like fashion with roots embedded in the
loamy soil within the nests. Morning Glory (Ipomea spp.
) and Passionflower vines also frequently thrive among shearwater nests.
Capparis has a beautiful flower that opens at night and is pollinated by beetles.