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Albatross totals

So far I this season I have seen 58 banded albatrosses.  I have also seen some unbanded ones, but I do not know how many different ones I have seen. Last year in the same time period I saw 38 … Continue reading

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Sad story – part 2

After being attacked by K233 and his new mate, purpleO324 left Princeville.  But first she spent the night less than 20 feet from her former mate and KP465. I looked back at my data and found that the year before … Continue reading

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Sad story – part 1

I talked about K233 in my last post.  He and his mate, purpleO324, have been together since the 2009-2010 season, and have raised 4 chicks together. Last season, they did not have an egg. If I ever run a marriage … Continue reading

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The albatross soap opera begins….

As of yesterday, there were 4 albatrosses in Princeville.  I told you about KP400.  The others live down the block from me. I watched K233 get banded by Brenda Zaun, USFWS wildlife biologist, in 2007.  Since he was unbanded, nothing … Continue reading

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First albatross returns to Princeville

KP400 is always one of the first albatross residents to return to Princeville, after several months of fattening up on all the ocean goodies, perhaps flying as far north as Alaska. He was raised in the same neighborhood that he … Continue reading

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Article about Princeville albatrosses

I was interviewed by a Princeville homeowner and writer, Mary Ann Colihan, for the July/August issue of the Troon Golf & Travel digital magazine.  The story is about the albatrosses who nest on the Makai Golf Course.  If you would … Continue reading

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Good bye, Kirwan!

July 12th was the last time I saw Kirwan. I saw him when I walked my dog earlier that morning.  He gave Chico stink eye as we walked by, as he always did.  Ten minutes later I glanced out my … Continue reading

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Beginning of the end of the season

Almost two weeks ago I got a call from a friend who lives next to the Makai golf course.  She had seen one of the chicks walking down the fairway straight towards the ocean, with the confident stride of one … Continue reading

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Kirwan tries his wings

Now is the time when we are starting to see the albatross chicks try out those beautiful, big wings, particularly when there are strong winds.  I have seen Kirwan practicing a few times, and I do not always carry my … Continue reading

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Searching for an intruder

When I was editing my film for yesterday’s post, I heard the distinctive sounds of an albatross chick below my living room window.  Kirwan could hear his food-begging vocalizations on the tape, and I think he wanted to know why … Continue reading

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