Thursday, August 19, 2010
I know that Barb had quite a few FOAM posts about our cousins, the Laysan Albatross (LAAL)...but not quite as many about us, the Black-footed Albatross (BFAL.) At the moment I'm not on Midway; I'm enjoying the open-ocean life in the North Pacific. BBC Arkive's short video showing BFAL flight will give you an idea of what I think it feels like to soar over the sea: wonderful!
We BFALs return to Midway earlier than the LAAL, but that won't be until sometime in November. Then I'll find Clarissa, we'll mate, and she'll lay our 2011 egg!
Sand Island B8 neighborhood to share with you FOAM folks. Above is a rather nice picture of me sitting in the native plant pōhuehue (beach morning glory, Ipomoea pes-caprae.) Here's a larger picture of one of my nephews that makes me laugh, with his wild "haircut." And I think you might enjoy this short video showing the rather curious way we BFALs walk.
Black-footed Albatross from Barb Mayer on Vimeo.