National Geographic : 1960 Oct
From Downy Nestling to Fledged Parent, the Boatswain Bird Squawks Lustily The red-tailed tropic-bird owes its nautical nick name to long, narrow tail feathers that remind sailors of a marlinespike. It ranges warm areas of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. On Norfolk it nests in crevices of lofty cliffs, with which the island abounds. The island's bird life includes the fairy tern, which lays eggs on bare branches of Norfolk pines. Usually the terns choose a limb with a small depression; some credulous watchers believe they glue the eggs to the wood. Girl Guides, teetering on the sprawling roots of a wild fig tree, seek a glimpse of the raucous but shy rosella parrot. Crimson-bodied and blue-winged, the birds apparently came to Norfolk from Australia. Another import, the California quail, provides sport and food. The tree bears a gummy, inedible fruit. KODACHROMESBY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERJ. BAYLORROBERTS© N.G.S.