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Albatross Breeding Season 2019

By: Steve Frailey Tuesday December 25, 2018 comments Tags: albatross hatching, albatross chicks, save the albatross, albatross

Nov 2018

They're Back! Keep an eye out for new photos of the nests and new chicks!

Dec 2018

We have 22 nests this year so far!!

Over the course of mid-November through early December the adult albatross have been arriving at the breeding area (the bluff in front of the noni orchards). Having spent the last 5-6 months at sea soaring and scavenging for squid off the coast of Alaska they’ve made their 3000 mile journey back to Kauai. The males typically arrive back first and eagerly await the arrival of their mate.

Remember - albatross pick a mate for life! After reconnecting, socializing and mating, the female gets ready to lay an egg and makes the important selection of nest placement on the bluff. Gathering pine needles and grass clippings from her immediate surroundings, she builds protection for their soon to be laid egg. We have some really impressive nest sizes this year….or nest thrones!

You may have noticed we have 5 less nests this year than last year. There are two possible reasons.

First off, albatross pairs will breed for 3 to 5 consecutive seasons and then take a year off to rest and recuperate. These birds will still be out at sea.

Secondly, is the unfortunate possibility that some may have perished at sea, either by shark, health or long line fishing.

We are most definitely happy with 22 pairs, we started with just three pairs many years ago. After fencing in the 5 acre breeding area to protect the albatross from dogs, the colony has grown each year. Lola has taken some great photos of the impressive nests this year, enjoy!

Below is a link you might enjoy about our albatross and Wisdom, an albatross in Midway Island that is the oldest known bird in the wild.

You will always find the past 3 years posting about our Albatross colony with lots of photos and information on our website.

Go to “Media” in the top tool bar and click on Albatross Chicks.. Do not forget about our upcoming Name that Chick Contest in March after the chicks start hatching. 

Do you remember “Elvis” – last years winner?

Link to Wisdom Returns article:

Click here to learn more about the Albatross!

Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.