|The albatross are getting big! This three-month old black-footed albatross chick is ready for banding, with full feathers across its chest wings and back. The chicks will be ready to fledge in June.|
|ʻUa'u kani (wedge-tailed shearwaters, or ʻwedgiesʻ) have nested in the inside of this fallen and rotten telephone pole. The wedgies are just starting to lay eggs now; their chicks wonʻt fledge until October or November.|
|The NMFS seal crew checking for seals along the beach. Only one early pup has been born yet this year -- most will be born in late May or June. The seal under this bush stealthily avoids detection.... or is zonked out asleep. Photo by Mark Sullivan.|
|Sooty terns have started laying eggs as well, although we expect many more. Sooties will nest in densities of 2-4 per square meter. Everyone learns to duck, as sooties are not afraid to poke you in the head (foot, ankle) when you approach their nest.|
Uncle M29 and this year’s early pup (K60) play in the water together.
Social play is important for ʻilio o ke kai. Photo by Mark Sullivan.
|And last but not least, a gratuitous beautiful photograph of a mōlī (Laysan albatross), by Mark ("Sissy") Sullivan.|