Nola’s big flight

Today I had the privilege of watching two albatross chicks fledge.  My neighbor, Bob Waid, called me early in the morning to say that the two were behind a house on an ocean bluff at the end of my street.  When the chicks leave their comfort zone, the area where they have spent their lives from hatchling to almost-adult, it is a signal that it is time for them to leave.  Those of us who keep an eye on them want to make sure they have an easy departure.  One year a chick took off from this area and came down too soon, ending up on top of a cliff and requiring a rescue.

Albatross chicks are not very social.  This film shows the two of them wandering around the bluff, barely acknowledging each other.  One of them had just a little bit of chick fuzz left and looked like an adult; in the film this one made a short flight and ended up on a lower slope.  Eventually the bird fledged, but I did not include that part of the film because it was poorly lit and hard to see.

Fortunately, the next bird fledged in a very photogenic manner.  Here is a film of Nola’s first big flight:

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One Response to Nola’s big flight

  1. Tomo says:

    Pomaika`i, keiki! A hui hou kakou.

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