Rare happy family
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|On a trip to the ballistas Islands of the Paracas world heritage site I caught this nest of rare red legged cormorants on the side of a rock-face above the water. They are such spectacular birds. Their populations plummeted when in the 1920s the Peruvian government sold out its guano (natural highly prize fertilizer) to foreign companies who literally stripped the islands and most of its birds. The red legged cormorants were especially badly affected. Indiscriminent fishing later further reduced populations. Only recently have bird populations recovered somewhat. Guano is harvested now more sustainably every seven years.|
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