The Laysan Albatross Are Busy In Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Laysan Albatross - Kauai - Hawaii

You know how excited I get when the Laysan albatross arrive back on Kaweonui Road in Princeville. For the last couple of weeks partners who have not seen each other for months are reuniting and it is a happy scene.

There is lots of preening and affection happening up and down the street. The couples are deciding on the perfect spot for their nest and then starting its construction. Females are laying their eggs (one per bird) while the males take one last period at sea before having the first, long sit on the egg. From that point on, the two partners take turns on the egg while the other flies a thousand miles for food.

Meet Dora. She arrived first this year and patiently waited until Larry showed up. Together they decided to nest in the cul-de-sac at the foot of Honu Point’s driveway. I captured this short video of Dora as she started to build a nest around herself just one day before she laid her egg (one of the landscapers witnessed the event).

Larry is at sea for a few days. When he takes over Dora will be off to find food. If this egg is fertile we can expect a chick the fourth week of January. In the meantime Dora seems pretty content.

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Laysan Albatross on Kaweonui Road – Kauai – Hawaii

Albatross on Kaweonui Road - Kauai - Hawaii

It is a special time of year for guests staying at Honu Point on Kaweonui Road in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. The Laysan albatross chicks who were born in January are very busy practicing to fly. We have ten in the neighborhood and it seems that no matter what time of day you drive by one of them is spreading its wings to test the air flow.

Yesterday I stopped to take three videos. The first two are right from my car as you can tell when the chick decided to check out a piece of frond in the road.

These chicks have stayed very close to their nests for six months with mom and dad flying in to bring them food. The only baby fluff left is on their chest and head. The rest of the body is covered in flight feathers. They have not seen the ocean yet but in a couple of weeks they will find their way to the bluff and take a giant leap of faith. From there they will head out to sea for three to four years, flying about 1000 miles to find and catch their first live food.

To get ready the albatross chick raises and lowers its huge wingspan to test the wind, running down the side of the road. You can see how unsteady they are at this point.

The cutest part is when they start taking little hops to get airborne. Keep in mind that they never actually fly until they jump off the bluff. In years past we have had at least one chick per year jump from our property, Honu Point.

Each albatross chick is banded and, if they stay safe for their years out to sea, they will return to where they were born to find a mate. Our neighbor, Cathy, is compiling a family tree of the birds who have been born and raised in the Kaweonui Road neighborhood since the late seventies. It is always a celebration when one comes “home.”

Vinney fledged from just outside Honu Point’s master bedroom in 2015. An author and neighbor took this great shot. We are waiting for Vinney to come back.

Albatross Fledging on Kaweonui Road - Kauai

Photo by Robert Waid, author of Majestic Albatross of Kauai

So, if you are visiting Kauai from January to July, be sure to take a drive around Princeville to get an up-close and personal view of these amazing birds. If you are lucky enough to watch one fledge it will be an event to remember, for sure.

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Your Albatross Chick Fix – Four Months Old – Princeville – Kauai

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If you follow my blog then you know that I LOVE the Laysan albatross chicks in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. Moana, who was recently banded H712, and lives just four houses down from Honu Point, posed for me in his/her awkward stage of loosing fluff to flight feathers. All the chicks in the neighborhood are now about four months old and they are starting to wander a few feet further from where they were born. They are also testing those long wings to see just what they do in the wind. Each wing gets folded in four parts before it rests near the body.

As I was driving away from Honu Point on Wednesday another chick was having a very good morning. Mom or Dad had flown back to the island with lots of food to share. It had been quite awhile since the last meal and he/she was hungry. Even after I stopped filming, the chick kept trying to get more and more regurgitated food until finally the parent said enough and walked away. Best with sound.

Here are three more cuties in the neighborhood. Each one is at a little different stage of development but they will all be fledging at the end of June or into July. Between now and then they will continue to spread those wings and start running down the street to practice their take-off. Perhaps they will get an inch or two off the ground but that is it. Not until they take that giant leap of faith off the bluff will they actually fly.

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Once these Laysan albatross leave our island they will stay over water for three to four years. Then, as long as they can stay safe, they will return to our neighborhood and we will know who they are from the band that was placed on their leg. Our neighbor, Cathy, who you may see walking every afternoon to document the lives of these fascinating birds, has a very long family tree of the albatross of Kaweonui Road. How can anyone not love these birds?

To watch the live albatross bird cam from Cornell Lab, go to http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/41/Laysan_Albatross/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=23ea0be5a3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-23ea0be5a3-277770429

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Unusual Things You Can See on Kauai – Laysan Albatross Chicks – Princeville

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This is an exciting time of year for guests at Kauai Vacation Rental at Honu Point as Laysan Albatross chicks are “pipping” up and down the street. Introducing one such chick that was born within the last two weeks. It sits on a nest four doors down from our home. The mother and father alternate flying 1000 miles away to find food and bring it back to feed their baby. Such dedication and love.

I happened to be driving by on Wednesday when I spotted the adult preening its young. Best with sound. Enjoy!

 

For more articles about the Laysan Albatross on Kaweonui Road, the Cornell Bird Cam, or to hire a bird guide, go to the right-hand side of this page and search the “Our Local Guide Posts” categories for Albatross. One such article is https://honupointvacationrental.com/laysan-albatross-kaweonui-princeville/

 

 

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