This is a continuation of my last entry, for November 27th. I was discussing the whole albatrosses-mate-for-life thing, and told the story of KP467, who laid her egg a week ago and has been waiting for her long time mate, KP531, to take over incubation duties. Last year he spent some time with K112 and I also saw them sitting close together and quietly grooming each other this season. K112 was gone for about a week and she just returned. And laid an egg.
Tomorrow I will go see if KP531 has chosen which egg he will be sitting on, and by extension, who will be his mate and who he will raise a chick with. Of course, even though I collect my data and record it in a manner befitting an impartial observer, the totally non-scientific, all too human part of me will still feel a little sadness for the female who is rejected.
I’m closing today on an upbeat note, with a photo taken by John Erwin from his second story lanai next to the golf course. They really are beautiful birds, aren’t they?
Yes, they are very beautiful birds.