Friday, April 18, 2008

Day 159, Hawaian Laysan Albatross, Kaena Point, Oahu, Hawaii

What was cool about Hawaii was the wildlife. It is there for you to see. Also at Kaena Point is the Albatross breading grounds. There are these very marked paths that you must stay on to walk the point since the breeding grounds are protected. The cool part is, there are a lot of chances to see the birds just from the paths. There are pics of the birds and one of a chick. I think the chick looks like a Muppet since it has not yet gotten its true feathers, but what do I know? Here is blurb from wikipedia. It is a little interesting, they really don't seem that big until they fly.

"Laysan albatross are very large birds. Their wingspan can reach to 13 feet (three meters) and they may weigh as much as 25 pounds (11 kilograms). Its range extends to most of the north Pacific Ocean.

Albatross live from forty to sixty years. They can stay out at sea for as long as five years before returning to the same island on which they were born. They have elaborate courtship dances, and once mated they tend to remain faithful to their mate. In adulthood they rendezvous each year with their partner at the same nest site. Nesting time is the only time they spend on land, and each year the pair stays just long enough to hatch and raise a single chick. "

Hawaian Laysan Albatross, Kaena Point, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaian Laysan Albatross, Kaena Point, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaian Laysan Albatross, Chick, Kaena Point, Oahu, Hawaii

Thanks for looking.

EXIF Data,

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Exposure: 1/2500 sec
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV

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