Saturday, March 29, 2014

Koloakula the Albatross Update

The Leysan Albatross whose life has been followed a web cam operated by Cornell University was two months old on Thursday. I wrote about it when it was a month old. It parents built their nest next to a residence on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Someone named the little one Kaloakulua.

The web cam has audio and you can almost always hear other birds in the background, and often a rooster crowing. I don't know if it was this one who was on camera yesterday, or even if this is a rooster.

The little one has made itself a couple of new new nests in the past couple of weeks.

People post occasional comments on a Twitter feed next to the screen. These are a good way to bring yourself up to date, as are video segments posted at the bottom of the web page that show highlights -- parents feeding the young'n, other Abatrosses stopping by, little Kaloakulua flapping its wings and etc. The parents are gone the vast majority of the time. Recently Kaloakulua went ten days without being fed, but she or he seems to be developing OK, as far as I can tell, and seems almost as big, physically, as its parents.

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