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Audubon's Shearwater Photos

Adult shearwater at night
Audubon's Shearwater rests on the ground at Long Cay, Exumas, Bahamas

Another Shearwater on the ground
Another shearwater on the ground at night at Long Cay

Shearwater Chick
Rick Oliver holds a chick at Long Cay in 1999

Capture of an adult from its nesting crevice at Long Cay
Mackin hands an adult to Kim Brand after pulling it from a nest site

Will Mackin and Kathy West DVM feed an emaciated chick
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 finishes the meal
The chick finished the meal on its own. Photo by Roy Toft.

Volunteers at the Gerace Research center nursed and released the chick from Green Cay off San Salvador
A 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 shearwater colony.

Long Cay
The 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.

Closer view of habitat
Ideal shearwater habitat in the bahamas: Rocky shore with vegetation providing cushioning and cover for the birds' nest sites.

Pulling a chick out of a Capparis bush
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 is pollinated by beetles at night
Capparis has a beautiful flower that opens at night and is pollinated by beetles.

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