Friday, August 12, 2016

Terrestrial wildlife

I still haven't managed to get a good photo of the white fairy turn while it is hovering in place, but I did photograph this pair perched in a tree.

white fairy terns
Gygis alba
It is not all about the animals. The vegetation on Palmyra is dense. Here are some photos of the Hala tree. The is a dioecious tree with the female producing a fruit that I am told some people confuse with the pineapple.

Hala tree
Pandanus fischerianus

unripened fruit on a female Hala tree
Pandanus fischerianus

ripe fruit from a Hala tree, a feast for crabs
Pandanus fischerianus

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