Activities Friday 22nd May

A Little Quiz:

This weeks quiz is a fun facts sea birds quiz information was gathered from here and here so once you have done the quiz take a look


How do sea birds protect their eyes from the sun?

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Seabirds have special droplets of red oil in the retinas which acts as natural sun protection.

How far can an albatros travel without flapping its wings?

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Albatross can fly for hours without flapping its wings traveling thousands of miles.They have the largest wingspan measuring 11 feet and 4 inches from end to end.

Which bird has scale like feathers to help them dive?

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Penguins and the now extinct Auks have scale-like feathers and flipper like wings. These don't help them gain much flight, but allows them to pursue prey that live deeper.

Which bird do humans train to catch fish?

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Humans have trained Cormorant for fishing in Asia for over 1300 years. A snare is tied at the base of its neck so that only small fish are swallowed. When a bigger fish is caught, the bird returns to the raft where the fisherman dislodges it.

How do sea birds avoid getting sick drinking sea water?

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Seabirds do only drink sea water but never get sick because of desalination glands in their heads that filter the salt from the water.

How much fish does it take to raise one pelican chick?

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Pelican adults feed their young regurgitated fish or other creatures it catches. It takes about 70 kilograms of fish to raise one chick. Often pelicans travel more than 150 kilometers from their nests and back again to find food to feed their young.

What does the Shearwater use to defend itself from intruders?

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Shearwater and petrel adults extract oil from the sea creatures they eat and regurgitate in the mouths of their young. They also squirt oil at intruders. The oil often gets all over the place. This combined with the smell of the birds themselves makes their colonies very smelly places.

Boobies usualy lay two eggs, how many chicks do they raise?

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Boobies protect their eggs under their webbed feet. Only one of the two hatchling is feed and thus survives. The Galapagos islands is home to blue footed boobies, red footed boobies and masked boobies.

Which bird has been known to catch a cheese crisp from the air?

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The gulls are the only birds capable of snaring a cheese crisp in midair. Gulls are among the few birds that can easily snatch thrown food out of the air and they eat almost anything so they would be happy to eat it!

How far does the Arctic Turn migrate?

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The Arctic tern has the longest migration of any bird. Every years it flies up to 25,000 miles between the Arctic and the Antarctic and back, with much of the flying done over water. It nests on the Arctic region. When the young are old enough to fly the whole family flies south to Antarctica. The tern's wings are long and powerful and they can make steady headway even against strong headwinds.

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