How not to incubate an egg

This is the Bad Mama Technique.  It never seems to result in a chick.

A young male built this beautiful nest, then abandoned it.  In his defense, he had never nested before.  With some of these birds it takes a while to learn the right way to do it.

A beautiful nest, but no parent!

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3 Responses to How not to incubate an egg

  1. Louise says:

    Oh noooo! Not again!!😱😢

  2. How sad! Does he not have a partner?

  3. tradewindsla says:

    He did have a partner, a female who had raised a chick before. He was inexperienced, this was his first nest. It is not unusual for a first time nester to abandon an egg. Since he abandoned the nest, I have seen another albatross sitting on the egg, a bird who has never nested. I never remove an egg right away, and this is one reason why. Other birds may try it out, or the one who abandoned it could return. I do not like to interfere in the normal course of albatross life, so I leave the egg.

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