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Laysan Albatross Chicks Fledge from Hawaii

Posted by: Kim Steutermann Rogers
Destination: Kauai
Jul 08, 2010

This is LAAL K884. When I helped band it a couple months ago, it was much fluffier than you see here. Apart from a few tufts of grey, like sideburns, on its cheeks and a darker-colored bill, this Laysan albatross chick looks much like an adult. It weighs, however, much less than its breeding parents.

I checked on this colony Tuesday and 5 of this seabird's mates had already flown the coop.  When this seabird finally decides to go for it, to put wing to flight and head out to the sea, it will not touch land again for 3 to 5 years. Imagine. When it's sexually mature at 8 to 10 years of age, after it has logged hundreds of thousand of miles at sea, the odds are great that it will return to Kauai to nest.

Fascinated?

If you would like to read more about Laysan albatrosses, here are some of my related blog posts:

Banding Laysan Albatross Chicks
Laysan Albatross Chicks Hatch in Hawaii
Blog Action Day Hawaii Style
Laysan Albatross Chick Stretches Its Wings
Midway Albatross Count

And if you're really inspired--Erin--I highly recommend Eye of the Albatross by Carl Safina.

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