15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Rarapai islet (Rapa, Australs Archipelago)

One of the many islets I visited for a feasibility study. Our team were checking if the islets were 'pest-free' (no rats, goats or invasive plants). It is one of the few that did not have any rats - which enables the polynesian storm-petrel to still use this islet as a breeding site (if rats are present, they cannot breed as the rats kill the chicks and the adults)

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2017
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: French Polynesia
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
Copyright: © Adara Tehani Withers