Masked Booby with Egg – Clipperton Island
Almost 1,000 miles from anywhere lies the French coral atoll known as Clipperton Island. Although it is not inhabited by humans it is full of life. Frigate birds, booby birds, and land crabs make up the islands fauna and a few palm trees are the only shade. You could walk around the entire island in a couple of hours, but there is so much to see you could spend that same two hours only walking a few hundred yards. This particular masked booby was returning to her egg and chick in the foreground after switching with its mate to forage. Masked boobies usually lay two eggs but only the strongest will survive. This is usually the first hatched (bird to the left) which will out-compete the younger bird for food and space under its parents. Since they nest right on the coral rubble, the adult bird must shade the young through the hot sections of the day or they will die very quickly. On a side note, I think the little chick looks a lot like Gonzo from the muppets!
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