From 12 year old Leila, Montevideo, Uruguay.
“Can you speak to birds?”
Answer: Yes. When we were working in the Eastern Caribbean surveying seabirds, we would get into our kayak at night and paddle to the little islands close to us. Once we were close enough, we would drift on the waves and play the call through a loud speaker of the “Audubon’s Shearwater”, a type/ species of seabird that lays its eggs in the area we were studying. If the shearwater was at home, it would reply! Often it would come down to our kayak and swoop over us screaming its cackling call, as he thought we were rival who might take his mate! We had to survey these special birds at night, because unlike many other seabirds, that is the time when they return to their burrows after fishing for days at sea.