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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/28/15 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2015 PICS

Where: Oahu, HI• Ka'ena Point State Park
Notes: It is with a heavy heart and a perplexed mind that I post this image of such a magnificent bird as the Laysan Albatross this week. This two and a half foot long seabird with a six and a half foot wingspan is a master of the sky and wind. Once airborne, its effortless glide embodies grace and power, even in the face of a stiff sea breeze. However, when on their nesting grounds, they are very vulnerable. Recently reported by Hawai'i News Now, sometime overnight last night (12-27-15) a barbaric thief entered the Albatross colony at Ka'ena Point State Park. The perpetrator(s) killed at least three of the federally protected adult birds and destroyed fifteen eggs, which is about twenty percent of the total colony there. They only raise one chick each year. The thug(s) also stole several thousand dollars worth the speaker system and seabird monitoring cameras, not cheap, but replaceable. This sort of news is a rarity for Hawaii, but these are the facts. The vandal(s) could face a federal penalty up to $15,000 per incident and a year in prison. There's also a state penalty up to $10,000, plus another $5,000 per animal. Wildlife conservation groups and concerned citizens are also offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. This sort of news is a rarity for Hawaii, but these are the facts. Ka'ena Point is one of our favorite reserves on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii and we visit this park on every trip just to see these awesome creatures.

Bird Photo 1
Adult on egg.

Small Bird Photo 2Chick

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Proceeds from this image will be donated to the Hawaii Audubon Society. Also see: Laysan Albatros 06/22/15
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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/4000 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~60 Feet • Date Shot: 06-20-12

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