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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #225 on: November 21, 2023, 11:19:45 PM »

Kia ora koutou (hello everyone) From Ranger Sharyn Broni
Thank you all for your patience at this quiet time on the Royalcam.
Elsewhere in the colony it has not been as quiet as watching the grass grow.
Some eggs are old enough to candle to determine whether they are fertile or not.
Check out this video from 2020 to see how candling an egg at a nest looks.

Rangers Candle The Royal Albatross Egg at the #RoyalCam Nest | NZ Dept of Conservation | Cornell Lab

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBH959EPhkk&t=126s

Jan 11, 2020
Candling uses a bright light to shine through the egg shell to observe changes in the size of the airspace and embryos within the shell. Candling the eggs allows biologists to assess whether the embryo inside is developing properly as well as estimating how near to hatch the egg is. In this video, a New Zealand Department of Conservation Ranger visits the RoyalCam nest to candle the egg, which should be nearing hatching in the next couple weeks. Afterward, she reported that "Egg is developing as it should."


Busy Rangers checking on nests


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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #226 on: December 02, 2023, 11:17:45 AM »

Albatross Cam Newsflash!
The new #RoyalCam site has been chosen. We will have two nests on view for the whole season.
The RoyalCam couples are experienced LGK & LGL and WYL & BOK

In 2021 LGK, LGL had chick Tiaki  :-*




Never fear Christmas is coming and the elves have been busy, not long to wait 🎅

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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #227 on: December 04, 2023, 10:00:43 AM »

Royal Albatross cam - 12/4
Hi everyone, a peek at the new #Royalcam location Top Flat, with the couples in residence LGK & LGL and WYL & BOK.
Please read Sharyn's update below, and also a must-watch: NZ Geographic video-Grandma https://nzgeo.com/video/grandma/

http://AllAboutBirds.org/Albatross
Image credit: Sharyn



Sharyn's update, and the other 2 live links.

Read more about Toroa here: https://acap.aq/latest-news/toroa-the-colony-s-500th-northern-royal-albatross-returns-to-taiaroa-head

Read the media release here: Get set for seabird-safe fishing
https://acap.aq/latest-news/toroa-the-colony-s-500th-northern-royal-albatross-returns-to-taiaroa-head

Thank you, and have a great week!

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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #228 on: December 14, 2023, 10:36:30 AM »

Royal Albatross 💗 Welcome Our Royalcam Couple LGK & LGL For the 2023-2024 Season 💗 12.13.23
Live cam  ;D
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/royal-albatross/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xlFJNGquCM

3,841 views  Dec 13, 2023
Welcome back for the new 2023-2024 season for our Royalcam couple LGK & LGL!! ♥
This year we have our stars at Top Flat and an extra bonus couple of WYL & BOK right next to them at Top Flat Track in view! Double the fun again!! Here is the new Meet the Royal family page with updated information https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native...

From Sharyn Broni " Currently, on view are LGK (male, left nest at Top Flat, on for 3 days) and BOK (female, right nest at Top Flat Track, on nest for 1 day). The grass has not been cut between Top Flat and Top Flat Track to give the less experienced pair some privacy. WYL and BOK have incubated an egg previously but have never raised a chick. Minimizing stress for them with some privacy from their neighbours is helpful for younger pairs. We will still see changeovers and the parent stretching etc. The grass will die down as the season progresses also. "

Enjoy some coverage and closeups of LGK and a glimpse at BOK to the right. Also LGK gets two visits today - the first one is from a no color banded albie (non breeder) who is very affectionate and preens LGK at 06:46. We get to see the RC egg at 02:36 &10:46 and the next visitor is LWK at 12:44. LWK is bereaved this season so hopefully he will find a new mate. LWK is the son of OGK and YRK and Dad of Plateau chick from Tiaki's season 2021. Thank you for watching!

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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #229 on: December 18, 2023, 10:19:05 AM »

Royal Albatross ~ LGL & BOK Have Front Row Seats To An Albie Party! Closeups of LGL 💕 12.17.23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5uSfd8GyXo

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LGL (Lime Green Lime) is on her nest and her neighbor BOK (Blue Orange Black female) is on her nest when a party of non breeders fly in and decide to socialize and have a party! Looks like at least 6 maybe 7 on the ground/air as they come to meet one another with skycalls and bill taping. The two Mom's don't bother to get up - they remain on their eggs. The non breeders will stay for a few more weeks as they make their acquaintances and hopefully future partners.

On another note, the Royalcam chick of 2016  Moana has been banded! She is yellow A55. Moana is one of the non breeders that has returned this season to try and find a mate like Tumanako and some of the adults who are bereaved and looking to find love again. Looks like Top Flat is going to be full of action this season!

You may notice that the grass is high between LGL and BOK's nest. The DOC has decided to not trim the grass but to leave it natural allowing for some privacy for BOK & WYL as they attempt to hatch their first egg. Thank you for watching!

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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #230 on: December 27, 2023, 11:44:30 AM »

12/27
An Albatross display in the long grass, yesterday. Video link.
https://twitter.com/i/status/1739803723642339755

News Catch up

WYL at Top Flat Track is still incubating his egg,


LGK arrived early Christmas Day to swap with LGL




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Royal Albatross ~ LGK Closeups & A Peek At His Precious Egg! ♥ 12.26.23 by Lady Hawk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6jhAWs3Hn4

Dec 26, 2023
LGK gets up to do some preening and we get to see a glimpse of the egg as he touches it with his bill. ♥ At this stage of the incubation, we don't get many views of the albatross egg because of the parent sitting on it for long periods of time. LGK sits back down and we have nice closeups of him looking very content upon his egg! Thank you for watching!

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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #231 on: January 04, 2024, 11:12:17 AM »

Royal Albatross

Top Flat Track Update WYL & BOK (lower nest in grass. BOK female has been gone 13 days. WYL did not leave nest for hydration or any food. Rangers were worried something happened to BOK.

Mind your ears ~ skycalls all round last evening (and big sighs of relief) as BOK walked past the #Royalcam to relieve WYL of nest duties. 
Their egg will be swapped with the dummy egg sometime today. The egg has been taken to the incubator for safe keeping in case of desertion by WYL.

Update posted 5 hours ago:  The Ranger came by this morning to confirm BOK was in at the TFT nest, and then came back in the afternoon to return her egg and take the dummy egg away.  WYL & BOK's egg will be candled later.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1742667676198281712

BOK female on the right, WYL male sitting on nest


2/28
Sharyn candled LGL & LGK's 51 days egg today and this is what she saw:
~The air cell is nice and clear and the bulk of the egg is dark showing that the embryo is alive and growing~

https://twitter.com/i/status/1740237765030330561


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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #232 on: January 05, 2024, 02:47:21 PM »

Lani, thanks.  Wow, gone for 13 days; wonder why.  Sure glad she's back.

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« Reply #233 on: January 10, 2024, 10:45:53 AM »

LGK and BOK (below pic in grass)





Royal Albatross update 1/8
Sharyn candled BOK (on nest) & WYL's egg yesterday
At day 54 (Sunday 7th Jan) showed that the embryo is still healthy.
 
This egg is a week younger than LGK & LGL’s egg.
Even though inexperienced with chick raising WYL & BOK are good at egg incubation

Video of Ranger Sharyn candled BOK & WYL's egg
https://twitter.com/i/status/1744138436502843869


We are now 10 days away from visual checks of LGK and LGL’s egg at Top Flat. When hatching begins the developing embryo moves into the air cell of the egg. Sometimes, sounds like scrunching can be heard as the membranes are broken through. There may even be a chick call. When the shell has a crack or pip in it for the beginning of hatching, we will remove it to the incubator. We hold the parents on the nest with a dummy egg until the chick has hatched. The nest will be sprayed with Avian Insect Liquidator* to ensure that flies are not living in the nest when the chick is returned.

The toroa colony at Pukekura is so tiny (just 1% of the entire world population of Northern Royal Albatross) that every chick matters. The incidence of often fatal fly strike** on this headland is too high to leave the hatching eggs at the nest.

The parents are happy to incubate the dummy egg and receive the chick quite readily when it has hatched.

LGK and LGL have raised 2 chicks that have hatched in the incubator with no incidence.

Although in-experienced with chick raising WYL and BOK are good at egg incubation. A candling*** of the egg at day 54 (Sunday 7th January) showed that the embryo is still healthy. This egg is a week younger that LGK and LGL’s egg.

*Avian Insect Liquidator is a bird-safe liquidator that repels flies. It is necessary to use a bird-safe repellent only as the respiratory system, being evolved for flight, is much for efficient than that of mammals.

**Fly strike and why is it an issue. Fly strike is caused by flies laying eggs in the flesh of the hatching chick and the resulting maggots quickly devouring the flesh they find themselves on. It is an issue at this site due to introduced flies that hatch out maggots supper fast and introduced grasses that hold the heat on the volcanic soils in this area. Fly strike only became an issue in the 1970’s and has become increasingly severe with the hotter, drier summers which are a result of climate change.

**Candling: shining a light at an egg in a dark space so that the inside is revealed. At this later stage of incubation, the egg is dark with a clear air cell like in the following picture.

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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #234 on: January 10, 2024, 10:48:05 AM »

Lani, thanks.  Wow, gone for 13 days; wonder why.  Sure glad she's back.

Hi Linda, Rangers were worried and considered switching eggs. Giving WYL a fake egg in case he decided to leave the nest to eat & drink water.
He's a great mate to be devoted to his duty.
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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #235 on: January 17, 2024, 11:25:07 AM »

Royal Albatross cam -
1/17  Welcome little Albatross chick!




The first chick of the season has hatched belonging to first time breeders GBL and BYW. Congratulations, and to the Rangers too.

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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #236 on: January 22, 2024, 11:22:54 AM »

Royal Albatross cam - 1/22  LGK and LGL's Egg update

Peek a boo chick ~ if you zoom in you can see part of chick's bill. The hole is about 1-2 cm wide.
Image: DOC, Top Flat egg hatching in the incubator



Beautiful LGK sitting on a fake egg, while baby is safely hatching in the incubator.
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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #237 on: January 23, 2024, 07:30:36 AM »

Royal Albatross Cam - Posted 14 hours ago.

1/23 Hello little Top Flat chick


Sharyn Ranger DOC ~This morning's check of the incubators show that the Top Flat chick is nearly hatched. A lot of progress has been made overnight. The umbilicus is likely still attached to the membranes of the egg. The drying out process takes a few hours, but it is possible that the chick will be returned to the nest later today. The down will be nice and fluffy by then.



UPDATE: Posted 2 hours ago

1/23 Here comes TF chick with Ranger Colin!



Royal Albatross ~ The Top Flat Chick Has Hatched! 🐣 Welcome To The World Little One! 💗 1.23.24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8xQ_HMsB30

The Top Flat chick hatched earlier today in the incubator but the rangers had to wait to return it to the nest because of the bad weather. While they were waiting, Mama LGL came in and had a wonderful reunion with LGK. She must have known that her chick was going to hatch today and she flew in for the celebration!!

The video begins with ranger Colin spraying around the nest with Avian Insect Liquidator a safe insect repellent to protect the hatchling from flystrike. Then Colin will bring the container with the Royalcam chick to be placed under LGL. He removes the dummy egg and puts the wee hatchling under Mom. Look at LGL smiling as she looks down lovingly at her new chick! And Colin was smiling as well as he was recording video of this blessed event!

The chick weighed 300 grams at hatching and the rangers will be making stops twice a day at the nest to weigh the chick and to check it for any flies or issues.

Congratulations to LGK and LGL on their new hatchling! And Congratulations to the entire DOC and RAC staff for all their hard work in hatching the chicks in incubators and then returning them to the nest. All of us Aunties and Uncles are thrilled to take part in another season of watching this little chick grow up and fledge! Thank you for watching!

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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #238 on: January 24, 2024, 10:47:31 AM »

Royal Albatross
Here is a pic from Colin take last night.





Royal Albatross~Health check and weighing by Sharyn (Ranger DOC~4:02 pm 2024/01/24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeDi3XpWr8c
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Re: Northern Royal Albatross New Zealand South Island Cornell Labs
« Reply #239 on: January 24, 2024, 03:29:41 PM »

1/25
Its been a few busy days for the newly TF hatchling weight & health checks and learning to feed with LGL

First Feeding For the 2024
https://youtube.com/watch?v=ByHhSRwc-tI&t=1s

A Weight Check-watch till the end
https://youtube.com/watch?v=pUQbCnkLNeo&t=1s

Newly Hatched Albatross Chick
https://youtube.com/watch?v=K1faYDhsTxU





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