3 July 2008
There are now mainly large chicks and adults on the island, and I anticipate that the flamingos will be off the island by early-August. We will then access the island, do maintenance on the island (to the ponds, erosion, etc.), install the webcam, retrieve addled eggs (for toxicological studies and museum collections) and count the nests. We collected tissue samples from four juvenile Lesser Flamingos and these have been sent to a veterinary pathologist for analyses. These four birds had lesions on their legs, feet and beaks. The proportion of juvenile flamingos with lesions is greater than originally thought, and could be in the region of 20-30% (perhaps more).