Thursday, May 20, 2010
Here's a close-up picture that I took of a single down feather. It's really different from a typical feather. Notice that there's only a little point where the down is embedded in the bird's skin, the way our hair is stuck into our skin. Notice that down doesn't have a stiff, central shaft, like feathers we're used to seeing.
Anybody wonder why this down feather is white, when the Laysan Albatross chick in Auntie Moana's post has black down?! For the answer, check this post's first comment!