This embedded series of videos shows the development of a composite Wedge-tailed Shearwater from egg to fledgling. Composite in that it assimilates data on about four or five different birds and combines it into one time-line showing the development of the composite bird from egg to fledgling preparing for flight from the nest.
Every year about April the Wedgetail Shearwater returns to the coast of Maui to propagate the race. The birds dig a tunnel into the sandy hillside and lay a solitary egg. After the requisite number of days, fifty, the egg hatches to yield the solitary chick. This narrative focuses on the development of a composite chick from egg to fledgeling.
In the narrative and videos to follow we will look at the life cycle
of the Wedge Tailed Shearwater as revealed at Kamaole Beach Park III
in Kihei, Maui. At Kamaole III a couple of colonies are well
The material to follow represents a compilation of observations based
on the time period of September 2008 to December 2009.
A sign describing the fragile nature of the nesting site.
The entrance to a burrow of a Wedge Tailed Shearwater at Kamaole
Park III. Basically it is a burrow into the sand that may be a few
or it may be a few feet.
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