For the fifth year in a row, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has set up their “bird cam” on Kauai in order for the world to be able to watch the Laysan albatross nest and have their young live! We have at least eight nests within a block of Honu Point Vacation Rental, but the camera is set up on another north shore private property not too far away.
The Kauai Laysan Albatross bird cam started rolling today, with three nests featuring all-new breeding pairs for 2018. Take a virtual trip to the north shore of Kauai and watch along as all three nesting pairs wrap up their 2-month incubation and prepare for hatching before the end of January! The first egg is likely to begin hatching tomorrow, Friday, January 26th. Tune in now to experience the hatching of these magnificent seabirds live on camera!
There are three nests on camera this year. The single nest (nest #1) features the female Namaka (banded KP085) and male Aukele (KP669). There are two nests situated between the rows of palms; the nest nearest to the cam (nest #2) is tended by the female Moana (H633) and Manawanui (KP796), who successfully raised Honua at this site back in 2016. The albatrosses on the nest farthest from the cam (nest #3) are the female Bennie (H632) and male Jett (K747), who were unsuccessful in raising a chick last year at this site.
Over the last five years 1,000,000 viewers have tuned in to the live streaming of this amazing bird’s nesting routine. The project is a joint venture between the Cornell Lab, which enables live streaming of many different kinds of birds around the world, and the Kaua’i Albatross Network. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a non-profit organization for the conservation of birds and biodiversity. The Kaua`i Albatross Network (KAN) serves as a resource to promote safe nesting habitat for Laysan albatross and other native birds by respectful cooperation with private landowners, government agencies, scientists, businesses, schools, and conservation organizations.
For more information about the specific birds on the live cam this year, or for general information about the Laysan albatross, go to https://www.allaboutbirds.org/bird-cams-faq-laysan-albatross-nest/#_ga=2.140013424.270266854.1516922441-2103069452.1516922440
To read about the Laysan albatross who live, or have lived, near Honu Point, go to the category section on the right hand side of this blog page and click on albatross. You will be linked with other blogs I have written on the subject and the accompanying photos.