One albatross mother takes over from other mother

This video from Hawaii says about itself:

1 February 2017

After 3 days out at sea, Pilialoha returns from the ocean with a full belly of stomach oil to take over chick rearing duties from her partner, Mahealani.

The Kauai Laysan Albatross cam is a collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Kauai Albatross Network.

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The first egg at the Laysan Albatross cam site on the North Shore of Kauai has begun hatching on January 23, just in time for the cam to go live! …

This year’s nest features Mahealani and Pilialoha, a female-female pair that spent time incubating an infertile egg on camera last year. Female-female pairs are relatively common in albatross colonies, and their commonness can change with the availability of suitable male mates and the success of prior nesting attempts. This year one of the females in this pair has again laid an infertile egg.

This year, however, several organizations involved in the conservation and management of albatrosses replaced the infertile egg with a fertile one from the Pacific Rim Missile Facility.

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