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PIC OF THE WEEK: 06/18/12 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2012 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Wedge-tailed Shearwater ('Ua'u kani)

(Puffinus pacificus)

Where: Oahu, HI • Ka'ena Point

Notes: A final decision to make the lengthy hike to the farthest north-west corner of the Island of Oahu turned out to be a good one. Knowing that part of the island can get very hot and dry, we packed plenty of water and were on the trail by 7:30 AM. Fortunately the dirt road was in decent shape. The state of Hawaii had obviously made extensive efforts to repair some of the damage from off-road vehicle usage, making the hike much easier. After three and a half miles we approached the predator guard fence. It is a barrier that runs four tenths of a mile across the peninsula and was installed to protect the seabird nesting colony from mongoose and rat predation. The fence had been completed since our last visit in late 2010. I read it was already showing positive results to the seabird populations there. We noticed this Shearwater nesting hole along the trail as we were departing from the nesting area. These pelagic birds dig a nest burrow, often under a large rock, where lay a single egg. We were delighted to find such an unusually, unobstructed view of this bird.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Markii • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/160 second • Aperture = f 7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~7 Feet • Date Shot: 06-20-12

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