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No Nest Needed
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

A brown noddy, part of the tern family, guards a potential addition to the next generation of brown noddies on Rawaki island, a sand and coral atoll smaller than a half square mile. Both mother and father take turns tending the egg, and when the chick hatches, they'll share the feeding duties. Home to an estimated 300,000 birds, including several species of terns, frigatebirds, and boobies, Rawaki is also home to introduced rabbits, the lingering results of an abandoned effort to breed them on the island.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 14mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Slightly overcast
Time of Day: 9 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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