As of today, I have seen about 150 albatrosses in Princeville, and we have 45 nests.
Of these 45 nests, 19 are female/female. That is approximately 42%.
How do I know that some of the couples are two females? Either this season or in previous years there were two eggs at the nests of these 18 couples. An albatross can only lay one egg, which means that there had to be two females at the nest.
An albatross cannot incubate two eggs. Yesterday I was going to remove a second egg that was interfering with KP894’s ability to keep one warm enough to survive. She and her partner have never had a fertile egg, so it was doubtful that even this egg removal would help, but there is always hope. I was unable to take the egg because she turned into a fire-breathing dragon and tried to kill me. Some people think that these birds must recognize me and have special feelings for me. Most of the time I am just part of the scenery to them, but occasionally when I get too close, they let me know that they would really rather not share their world with me. That’s fine with me, wild animals are usually better off if they do not trust human beings.
One of the female/female couple always builds their nests uncomfortably close to the golf course driving range.
There will be more nests to come, and there will eventually be chicks at some of them. Last year about one third of the couples that had nests had healthy chicks that fledged from Princeville. It is an honor to help them, even if my help is shockingly underappreciated.