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3. Departure (Adult with two chicks)
The chicks are not fed in the nest, but leave the nest one to two nights after hatching, often plummeting from steep cliffs into their new ocean home.
Biro Island, Miyazaki Pref. May 1995 (FUJI RDP II)

Photo by Koji Ono
NOTE!! Japanese Murrelets have been declared a National Monument in Japan. We can't take phortograph without permission of the Japan Environment Agency and the Agency for Cultural Affairs. I've been studying Japanese Murrelets for five years, and I took these photos for my own study.
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