You are watching a live broadcast of Kauai Laysan Albatross Nesting. There are 5 nests on the property, 4 are viewable by this live camera broadcast and 3 of the 5 nests have fertile eggs. This is a Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera with HD broadcast and sound. The camera was Set up and is maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
More about the Kauai Laysan Albatross - Laysan Albatrosses are large sea birds measuring about 2.5ft in length, weighing about 10lbs on average and have a wingspan of about 7ft across. Adult female Albatrosses lay one egg per year during the nesting season and they do not necessarily lay an egg every nesting season. Incubation of the egg takes about 64 days from the day it was laid. Both parents take turns incubating the egg. After hatching, the parents go on long trips across the ocean foraging for food. During this time they may travel up to 1,600 miles and not return to the nest for up to 2 1/2 weeks. The baby Albatross will take about 5 1/2 months before being old enough to take flight for the first time. Once in flight, they will not touch land again for 3 to 5 years.
More information about these nests: These nests are made of dry ironwood needles and other vegetation and they are on the ground. The parents of the fertile nest directly in front of the camera right under the ironwood tree are male Manawanui(leg band KP796) and unbanded female Moana. The parents on the nest to the right of Manawanui and Moana are female Mokihana (unbanded) and male Ikaika (leg band KP194). There is another fertile nest just out of site of the camera, parents male Ka`imi (leg band KP688) and female Lilinoe (KP093).
Manawanui and Moana(front center nest) Egg laid on November 28, 2015. Estimated hatch date of around January 30th 2016.
Mokihana and Ikaika(nest on upper right) Egg laid November 26 2015. Estimated hatch date of January 28th 2016.
Ka`imi and Lilinoe(out of camera view) Egg laid on December 3 2015. Estimated hatch date of January 3rd 2016.
There are two infertile nests being tended by two female-female pairs. Pilialoha (K097) and Mahealani (KP672) are at the lower nest (beneath Mokihana and Ikaika) and Lawakua and Kiwahiwa are at the nest to the left of Manuwanui and Moana’s nest.
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