A couple of days ago the father at our first nest had an unwelcome visitor.
And when reasoning seemed to fail….
The visitor was KP729, the female he left for his current mate. She eventually sat down about four feet away from the nest, and he stopped displaying at her. He left her two years ago and she has not found another mate, although I sometimes see her displaying with other birds. She often visits other albatrosses at their nests. She was a good parent when she was nesting with KP505, I hope she finds another good mate.
I would like to point out that KP505 is not a bad guy, he’s an albatross. He lives his life based on instinct, and we cannot attribute human motivations to him. I admit, I may joke about his choice to disobey the “albatrosses mate for life” rule that they are all supposed to abide by, but I respect the fact that he follows his own albatross path, not one that we humans have determined they must all follow.
I would also like to add that two of his children are currently raising chicks, less than a block away from his nest!