Tuesday December 25, 2018
They're Back! Keep an eye out for new photos of the nests and new chicks!
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!