Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Nice Day

Today was a beautiful day. Murray and the volunteers did research on new snorkeling spots to take the visitors. I guess they found a good one over by Eastern Island. Greg and I did the usual, get rid of weeds so the birds have more room.

This is what happens on sunny days. The juveniles and adults take the shade and all the chicks just roast in the sun. A few sneak in because the birds are a lot more tolerant of each other when it's hot.

The chicks give themselves shade too. They balance on their legs, lift their feet off the ground, and keep their feet in the shade. Their feet have a lot of blood vessels so they like to keep them off of the warm ground where the breeze can cool them off.


Kodak the Eskie said...

How hot does it get there?

Pete Leary said...

It gets to the mid 90's in the summer. It's usually very humid also. A lot of the chicks will die of dehydration. Right now, it's just in the high 70's and low 80's.