Happy 4th of July! It's been a while but I'm back from vacation. I had a nice break, but Ive got a lot of catching up to do. Things are as usual here, but a little rainy for this time of year. The albatrosses are fledging. As you saw from my last post, I missed a little bit of excitement with the short-tailed albatross fledging and the 747 emergency landing, so now I just have the usual excitement, like doing biology and holidays. We have a nice Hawaiian group out here that is collecting albatross feathers to make Kahilis (a royal Hawaiian staff that is covered in feathers, you can google it to see what they look like). They are collecting the feathers from dead birds since they need thousands of them. I didn't take too many pictures in the few days since I've been back, due to the rain, but here are a few.
A white tern chick hatched in my backyard on Friday.