Midway Weather

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Getting old[er]

White feathers starting to show on breast
 The Laysan albatross chicks are growing quickly and starting to loose their brown fuzz to reveal the true feathers below.
Not a turkey, just brutally attacked by older birds
  Unfortunately there is also about a 40% mortality rate and many of them are starting to die [difficult to witness].  There is also a very curious behavior where the older birds will mercilessly attack and pick at the young ones, occasionally completely denuding their head.

Chicks are everywhere underfoot
I'm looking forward to watching the little guys start fledging in a few weeks.  And looking forward to not needing ear plugs to sleep.

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