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Almost ready to fledge!

In the brief video we are sharing here, a Yelkouan Shearwater chick is being fed, perhaps for the last time, by one of its parents. As the images show, it is now as large as an adult, even though some signs of down are still present on the head and back. Within a few days it will leave the nest and head out to see, and if it is lucky enough to survive the many natural and man-made dangers, it will come back to Tavolara to breed in a few years, perhaps in the very same burrow where it was born. For the first time after the rat eradication effort, the Life Puffinus project video cameras are making it possible to document every phase of breeding, from nest occupation to fledging. In previous years, most chicks were unfortunately predated by rats soon after hatching

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