ESMONDE PHOTOGRAPHY
Guano Makers :: Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú :: © 2004 Patrick Esmonde
Guano Makers
Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Perú

Each bird produces 1 meter of guano (bird crap) per year. The guano is bagged by workers and then sold as a high-powered fertilizer - one of the best in the world. The collection and sale of guano put Peru on the map of global trade. Since then mob families have run the islands, effectively making a major business from bird excrement.