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Old Jul 25, 2007, 1:22 PM   #1
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Came across this extraordinary nest recently. Clearly anchored as it did not move in the wind ... but I couldn't see how.
Watched the birds for well over and hour.
About every 20 minutes or so the female would call her mate - a strident "Quark, Quark, Quark" ....
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Old Jul 25, 2007, 1:24 PM   #2
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He would reply from wherever he was - "Quark, Quark, Quark, Quark", equally strident and start swimming toward the nest.
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Old Jul 25, 2007, 1:27 PM   #3
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As he was swimming toward her, he would periodically give a soft "Crrk, Crrk" - answered by her "Crrk, Crrk".
As soon as he arrived, she would get up and - ever so carefully - turn her eggs....
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Old Jul 25, 2007, 1:28 PM   #4
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Under close supervision ....
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Old Jul 25, 2007, 1:32 PM   #5
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Once she had settled down again, he would bring her an offering of a piece of water weed. (You would have to believe it was carefully selected for extra succulence and flavour !!!). You can see previous offerings on the side of the nest....
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Old Jul 25, 2007, 1:35 PM   #6
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Here's a photo from another time and another place which I felt impelled to share .... of a seagull flashing into the dark .....
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Old Jul 25, 2007, 2:11 PM   #7
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Very nice pictures and story. Thanks for sharing.

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Old Jul 25, 2007, 2:41 PM   #8
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You picked the word correctly when you said carefully for how she turned the eggs. A pretty scary place to have a nest. Nice photos and story. Nice seagull shot also.
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 12:55 AM   #9
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That is a neat series of shots, something I would feel lucky to witness.
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Old Jul 26, 2007, 11:07 AM   #10
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Man... for some reason I'm suddenly craving an omlette.

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