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Albatross chicks

Albatross chicks
Photo Information
Copyright: Liesbeth van Rees (liesbeth) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 25] (155)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-08-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300, Tamron 28-300XR
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 1, Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-29 15:44
Viewed: 4799
Points: 2
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- continue from yesterdau - After 60 days a 200 gr chick hatches. At this stage in its life, the chick is extremely ugly (according to the writer of Galapagos wildlife; David Horwell and Pete Oxford) really nothing more than a brown, expandable, down-covered sack. Adults manufacture a substance called chick oil in the proventriculus, part of the stomach. This oil is made from processed squid and crustacea which they have caught at sea. Come feeding time, the chick gently begs from the adult and is rewarded by a mouth-to-mouth transfer of up to 2kg chick oil. The chick swells visibly and get to find a resting place to digest its meal. By five months it weights 2kg more than its parents, but soon loses weight as it begins growing its flight feathers. Between 24 and 30 weeks after hatching the young bird is ready to fly.

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They look like they have fur instead of feathers. So cute and fluffy! They almost blend in with their background, nice to see the back of one and the front of the other one. Well done, thanks for sharing these.

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