Megapode Bird Nesting - Arnavon Islands
After watching documentaries about these ground-slinging, nest-digging birds, I was anxious to see them for myself. The four of us hopped into the boat, and we were off!
Rudy’s experience in maneuvering the boat was evident right away as we barely felt the spray of the saltwater, even with the sea swell. Fifteen minutes later we came upon a tiny idyllic island and stepped ashore.
It was just a short walk into the shade of the bush, and then we saw a field of sandy soil bombarded with freshly-dugout holes, like a mine field. Even though we tiptoed quietly, the shy birds who were busy at work skittered away. I barely got a glimpse of their black feathers before they disappeared into the shadows.
|Lots of Megapode nests in this area|
|Megapode nesting area|
|Digging for eggs|
Interestingly, the green sea turtle hatchlings we’d guided to the water just a few days earlier were left to fend for themselves, too. And to think, we humans struggle not to OVER parent our own offspring!
It leaves me wondering why certain species nurture and protect their young so fiercely, while others don’t even stick around to welcome them into the world! Even the crocodiles, who lay eggs in this same neck of the woods, actually carry their young gingerly in their mouths to bring them to water after they hatch! Talk about OVER parenting!
|Quick Snorkel new Megapode Island|
|Kids snorkeling off Megapode island with giant clam|