Another indication of being a big nerd is the fact that I yelled "TUBENOSE! I think that bird is a Tubenose." when I first spotted the Greater Shearwater in the harbor yesterday. Even the nerds turned around and went "What? Did you just say Tubenose?" and then laughed at me. My own people laughed at me so you know that's nerdy. I knew that the bird wasn't a gull or tern. I knew it was something like a petrel or shearwater or something. Those birds are grouped together in the Sibley Guide as "Tubenoses" starting on page 32. Their nostrils are bumped up above the bill unlike other birds. This feature is visible in the photograph below. Look at the top of the bill just where it meets the head. The tube reminds me of a scoop on the hood of a hot rod car.
If you need photographic proof that I am the biggest nerd that you know - here it is. This is me excitedly snapping away with my new camera.
I've also included this video for your entertainment. CAUTION: It might make you seasick!
Click here if you can't see the video above. Also, post a comment and let me know if you can view it or not. This is the first time I have used Windows Movie Maker.
So, let's recap:
- Darts exhausted me.
- I yelled "Tubenose!"
- I was as giggly as a schoolgirl when the bird was that close to the boat.
You decide. Biggest nerd you ever knew? Probably.