Starichkov Island - kingdom of birds
Starichkov Island - an island in the southern part of the Avacha Gulf. You can find it about 12 km to the south of the entrance to the Avacha Bay. Starichkov Island performs an important function of the navigation, pointing to the proximity of the Avacha bay when approaching from the south. Its name came from inhabiting on it Starichki (the old men) bird colonies. The island was called that since the beginning of the XVIII century.
The square of Starichkov island, partially covered with meadow grasses, is small - only 0.5 km2. Its northwestern part rises to 147.5 meters above sea level, and the flat top, occupied by alder thickets.
Starichkov Island is surrounded by multiple coastal reefs and rocks that can be seen at low tide. Along the coast there is a chain of small islands - kekurs. There are two - Karaulny and Chasovoy.
At first glance it may seem that Starichkov - one of the ordinary islands, of which there are dozens in Kamchatka. However, the island Starichkov - a natural monument of regional significance of Kamchatka, which is under state protection and continual supervision of scientists. The island Starichkov is managed by Kamchatka Branch of the Pacific Institute of Geography, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Water reserve status, he received in 1981. What is the uniqueness of this natural complex?
The fact that Starichkov considered as a single biological system that provides a unique environment for living organisms. On the island Starichkov is recorded as much as 44 breeding colonies of 11 seabird species. This is Bering and red-faced cormorant, Pacific Gull, Kittiwake, Pacific and spectacled guillemots, common murre and others.
Numerical superiority among the inhabitants of the island have the “starichki” (about 13 thousand individuals) and tufted puffin (about 32 thousand individuals). They nest in burrows, which are located directly in the ground. Three species (red-faced cormorants, spectacled guillemot and starichki) are rare species of birds coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. To create conditions for a peaceful nesting and breeding seabird colonies Starichkov island was declared a natural monument.
It is linked very amusing superstitious beliefs with the island. If at the island Starichkov person get excreta of birds, then a great success awaits him. However, given the number of winged inhabitants of the island, one can only wonder how many tourists after visiting the island are "deprived" luck.
Some people even deliberately try to catch this "luck". If you visit Kamchatka and want to visit the island Starichkov, it is possible to come here from June to October. In the other months of the year, boat trips are not made.