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Bird Island


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Lens Nikkor AF 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G  
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IOC Names

Deutsch  Wei▀schwanz-Tropikvogel Dutch  Witstaartkeerkringvogel
Italian  Fetonte codabianca Spanish  Rabijunco Menor


The chick hatches with grey down. It will stay alone in the nest while both parents search for food, and they will feed the chick twice every three days until fledging, about 12–13 weeks after hatching. The young are not able to fly initially; they will float on the ocean for several days to lose weight before flight.


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White-tailed Tropicbird
Phaethon lepturus
PhaÚton Ó bec jaune

Jean-Michel PAULUS