Sunday January 1, 2017
The first albatross of the season have arrived!
Oh boy are we excited!! Two weeks ago, the first 3 adults appeared on our hillside overlooking the Ocean. Within days, more and more have made the 2000 mile journey from Alaska to the hillside they were born on years ago. The Laysan Albatross is a magnificent bird with a 6-7 foot wing span. They mate for life – so within days, the breeding pairs arrive at their nesting site in front of our farm.
It is quite a sight during the first weeks of them returning as the breeding pairs “reconnect” through singing and dancing since they have not seen each other for 3 months; the end of last year’s breeding season. A pair can sing and dance for an hour in happiness!
Then, within a short period of time, they will mate and the female builds a large nest using the pine needles on the ground. We already have 4 eggs!! So far, Lola has counted 17 nests, with more arriving daily. Last year, we had 22 breeding pairs which will probably grow to more than 25 this year as every 7th year, chicks born on our hillside return as mature adults to pick a mate for life and begin breeding here. We began with 3 pairs of breeding Albatross and the numbers just keep growing!
The eggs are due to hatch sometime in February, so watch for this years “Name that Chick Contest.”
Lola will be taking pictures several times per week so watch for the posts to Facebook and Instagram.
Lola is busy several days a week constantly checking on the nesting Albatross. Lots of nests and new eggs and adult sitters!
The eggs will begin hatching sometime in February and continue for several weeks.
Expect some great new photos of the new chicks and then the “Name that Chick Contest” Last year, you all submitted 318 names!! Hopefully, we will see Albert, the first Name that Chick Contest winner, this year.
He is over due to return to his birthplace, which generally occurs about the fourth or fifth year after hatching. Just imagine flying over 2000 miles of open ocean and finding this small island and then finding our hillside you were born on!! Incredible!! We will keep you updated of all the albatross activity during the breeding season.
We have chicks!!! The first chicks have started to hatch and they are very cute. Check out Lola’s photo.
Once we have several more hatch, we will post the 4 photos for everyone to vote for the chick to follow growing up this year for the Name That Chick Contest!!
Many adults are still sitting on the eggs while their partner flies back and forth from Alaska fetching squid (their main food) to feed the adult sitting on the egg.
Once the chicks hatch and are able to sit in the nest without rolling out, then both adults will be flying back and forth to Alaska to bring squid to the fast growing chick.
Our ocean waters are too warm for squid for live – hence they have to go the cool waters of Alaska for the abundant squid.
Enjoy the new photo.
Albatross chicks are here- It's an exciting time!
It is time for the annual Name that Chick Contest!!! The chicks have hatched and Lola has been taking lots of photos. The first phase of the Contest is to pick which beautiful chick to follow growing up over the next 5 months. The second phase will be the actual “Name that Chick” part.
Therefore, Lola has picked 4 chicks for you to vote on: Chick A,B,C & D.
|Chick A||Chick B||Chick C||Chick D|
Chick "C" won the voting contest! Let the naming begin!
Wow- thanks to everyone for all the votes for the cute chicks.
And the Winner for 2017 is chick C!
Now it's time to start submitting Name suggestions. Every year we love receiving the hundreds of name suggestions that are all very unique and creative. We always have a very tough time narrowing it down to just one! Take a good look at the adorable chick "C" and then head over to our name submission form to submit your favorite name. Person with the winning name receives a noni product care package!
Good Luck Everyone!
Many thanks to all of those that submitted possible names for the Albatross chick. We had over 200 names suggested which you can imagine makes for a lively family discussion to pick the name.
We each pick favorite Top 10 and go from there trying to decide. After eating much Noni Fruit Leather to calm down, we finally came to a group consensus: Ruffles.
Lola will keep you posted with the most current photos of Ruffles as he/she grows into a young juvenile adult by July.
They are all getting bigger and bigger with gray baby feathers turning into adult beautiful white feather to fly!! It will not be long before the each begin to fledge (fly for the first time) and begin their maiden flight to Alaska!
All the new chicks grew into young juvenile adults and have “flown the coop”. It has been a great year here on the Farm with the Albatross soaring overhead, singing and dancing, mating and producing new chicks. The new chicks all start as little gray, fluffy chicks the size of a basketball and over the next 6 months grow into a large young Albatross standing 3 feet tall with a 6-7 foot wing span. Over the months, we watched as the gray, fluffy feathers molt away into beautiful white feathers for flying and soaring. All the chicks have gone to Alaska to feed on their predominant food, Squid, in the cold waters. In four years, they will return to our hillside that they were born on to socialize, sing and dance, but most importantly – watch the breeding adults to learn what they will do when they turn 7 years old on our hillside.
To Ruffles, have a good flight and hope to see you in 4 years!!