Monthly Archives: January 2012

It’s hatching time!

Checking on the albatrosses every day is a lot of work, but this is the time of year when I am rewarded for every moment.  Hatching has begun in Princeville. Chicks usually take several days to break out of their … Continue reading

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Updates on two females

KP467: In my November 27th post I talked about KP467, whose long-time mate, KP531, had spent lots of time with another female last year while KP467 was away.  KP531 chose to sit on this other female’s egg, and after sitting … Continue reading

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“Longshot’s widow,” the story of KP458

I found a crushed egg at nest 2 on the Lakes golf course on Saturday, January 15th. This was an egg from the Pacific Missile Range Facility.  Every year albatrosses with bad eggs are given good ones from the PMRF. … Continue reading

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Albie Talk

If you are an albatross, this is what you do when you see another albatross flying overhead and you really want him to come down and join you:

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KP470 learns correct albatross behavior

My last entry told the story of KP470, a female who has laid eggs year after year with no one to help her incubate them.  This year she has a mate, KP735.  After KP470 had sat on the egg for … Continue reading

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Nesting outcomes, good and bad

In this blog entry I refer to PMRF eggs.  For those of you who have not read all of my posts, please refer to December 18th for a discussion of the PMRF egg swap which takes place on Kaua’i every … Continue reading

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Interesting statistics

For January 6, 2011 and January 6, 2012 I compared the number of nests abandoned and the number of couples still incubating their eggs: Year                Incubating couples           Abandoned nests       Percentage abandoned 2011                                    17                                    11     … Continue reading

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