Pixel Postcard: Laysan Albatross
This week in Hawaii, we’re enjoying cooling winds out of the north. By cool, I mean the low for tonight where I live is expected to be 64 degrees. That means I might be able to convince my husband to turn the ceiling fan down from high to medium. I know temperatures around the U.S. Mainland are frightfully cold, as in freezing, right now, and I’m so very sorry for those people who are truly cold.
Also, this week in Hawaii, these birds—Laysan albatrosses
—are still incubating their rather large—avocado-sized—eggs. The interesting thing about incubating eggs in the tropics isn't so much keeping them warm but keeping them from getting too warm and baking. In a few weeks, we might start seeing some pipping going on. The downy-wet chicks growing inside the calcium enclosures like you see here are growing an “egg tooth,” perhaps right this very minute, on the very tip of their bill. This egg tooth will help them break out of their egg, a process that can take up to a couple days. I love the pipping part of Laysan albatross breeding season.
Stay warm, friends.
P.S. I'll be spending the weekend in a writing retreat with the man who wrote the book on Laysan albatrosses--Carl Safina. I am one fortunate girl.