Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving (Late)

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.  We had a good one out here with the usual turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.  We rarely all sit down to eat together, and it's nice once in a while.  It's another one of those weeks that I don't have a lot to talk about since I've mostly been doing office work or looking for sick ducks around the seeps.  

 Here's the community table at the Clipper House.

 We had a nice variety of fresh fruit.  I think it came up on the plane since we don't grow any of these.

This part of a racecar has been sitting around for years, so someone finally decided to make it into a wall decoration. 

 This is about as crowded as it gets with albatross.  They have started laying eggs, and the pairs are rarely together once the egg is laid.  There will still be a lot of young unpaired birds around all the time.

This is a brand new egg.  The female will probably go out to forage very soon, since she used up a lot of energy making the egg.  For the moment, both parents inspect the egg.


naturefinder said...

Hey Pete, great to see the photos. Hope all is well out there. Will miss coming out this year. Just saw Gary Neilson as he and his wife were on an OS trip to Indonesia. I think he is due to arrive with the counting crew soon. Look forward to updates during the counts.

Anonymous said...

Hello Pete, just of my curiosity - how many people are there currently at ths small island?

SL Liew said...

Hi Pete, I enjoy reading your blog and viewing the amazing pictures. I just saw the movie "Life of Pi" about an Indian crossing the Pacific Ocean with a tiger - hope you can catch the show online at least. Cheers from Penang island, SL Liew :)

Barb said...

Didn't realize there'd be sick (Laysan) ducks all the way into November!

Pete Leary said...

Thanks for the note Wayne. It's hard to tell what the count numbers will be this season.

There are about 65 people on island, although that number changes slightly with each flight.

Thank you SL. I've heard the movie is good, we don't have enough internet bandwidth to watch it, but when its out on DVD, I'll see it.

Barb, we can have sick ducks any month, it's just a lot less likely in the cooler winter months, but still worth checking.