Cattle egrets at Hawaii albatross colony


This video from Hawaii says about itself:

Cattle Egrets Visit Albatross Colony – Apr. 24, 2017

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

Watch live with news, updates, and FAQs at http://allaboutbirds.org/albatross.

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. Nesting must be discouraged along an active runway there to decrease the likelihood of collisions between the albatrosses and aircraft. Because the egg was saved from a nest at the facility, a young albatross will now have a chance at life with its foster moms.

Albatrosses dancing in Hawaii


This video from Hawaii says about itself:

Courtship Dancing in Kauai – Feb. 24, 2017

4 February 2017

Bill-clapping, sky pointing, and whinnying are just some of the cornerstone dance moves used by Laysan Albatrosses in their elaborate courtship rituals.

Red-crested cardinals in Hawaii


This video from Hawaii says about itself:

Red-crested Cardinals – Kauai Albatross Cam – Feb. 13, 2017

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

Watch live with news, updates, and FAQs at http://allaboutbirds.org/albatross

Red-crested cardinals are originally from South America, and have been introduced to Hawaii.

Nene geese in Hawaii


This video from Hawaii says about itself:

9 February 2017

A trio of Nene, Hawaii’s state bird, forage on the grassy slopes of the property where the albatross colony resides.

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

Watch live with news, updates, and FAQs at http://allaboutbirds.org/albatross

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.

Watch live with news, updates, and FAQs at http://allaboutbirds.org/albatross

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.

Big volcano eruption in Hawaii


This video from Hawaii says about itself:

31 January 2017

Kilauea Volcano lava stream at the Kamokuna ocean entry between 25 – 29 January 2017. According to USGS, “Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit and East Rift Zone. Lava continues to enter the ocean at Kamokuna and surface flows remain active within 2.4 km (1.5 mi) of the vent at Puʻu ʻŌʻō.”

Laysan albatross nest webcam in Hawaii


This video from Hawaii says about itself:

Laysan Albatross, Kauai, Hawaii, 31 Jan. 2015, 7:28

Good morning, baby.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

The Albatross Season Begins on Kauai

The first egg at the Laysan Albatross cam site on the North Shore of Kauai has begun hatching just in time for the cam to go live! If everything proceeds normally, we expect the young albatross to emerge in the next 24-48 hours. Watch cam.

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. Nesting must be discouraged along an active runway there to decrease the likelihood of collisions between the albatrosses and aircraft. Because the egg was saved from a nest at the facility, a young albatross will now have a chance at life with its foster moms.

This effort is part of a larger operation each year when biologists from the U.S. Navy gather eggs from nests at the facility to discourage nesting there. Researchers from Pacific Rim Conservation candle these eggs to assess their fertility. Viable eggs are then substituted for infertile eggs at other nests around the island, as well as helping to establish new colonies. Working together, the Kauai Albatross Network (KAN) and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources placed 14 eggs at fenced properties with good albatross nesting habitat and landowners who manage for invasive predators such as cats, rats, and pigs.

Hob Osterlund, founder of KAN, played a central role in bringing together these widespread partners, and calls the egg translocation project “a model of cooperation between federal and state agencies along with private landowners and KAN, all working together for the good of the birds.”

Thanks to the hard work of these organizations, the generosity of the cam site landowner, and the support of the cam community, we all get to witness another season in the lives of albatrosses from the garden island. As always, even if you can’t watch, you can follow along with the happenings at the cam site on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for watching!