Royal Albatross Cam Timeline
December 9, 2020
Review the main events, including nesting cycle milestones and other noteworthy incidents, in this historical timeline of the Royal Albatross cam.
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Nesting Cycle Dates & Information
|Nest||Year||Egg #||Lay Date||Hatch Date||Fledge Date||Chick Name|
|Top Flat||2020-21||1||Nov 7|
|Top Flat Track||2019-20||1||Nov 14||Jan 31||Sept 16||Atawhai|
2020-21 Season Timeline
December 4, 2020: Next Royal Cam Season Launches With New Family
Big news! The next Royal Albatross cam season is underway with a return performance from breeding pair LGL (the female, named for her leg bands) and LGK (the male), last seen on cam in 2018-2019. The female laid the pair’s egg on November 7, and it has been identified as fertile by our cam partners at the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC). Read more about this season’s pair.
2019-20 Season Timeline
September 16, 2020: Royal Albatross Chick “Atawhai” Fledges
Atawhai, the star chick of the Northern Royal Albatross cam, took her first flight on the morning of September 16. There were no surprises here—all signs indicated a green light for takeoff. At 230 days post-hatch, Atawhai was a bit younger than the average fledgling (240 days), but she met a standard pre-fledge weight of 17.4 pounds (7.9 kg).
March 5, 2020: DNA Tests Reveal 2020 Royal Albatross Chick Is Female
Our partners at the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) announced that DNA testing has revealed that this year’s Royal Albatross chick is a female. After having a bias towards female chicks in the colony over the past two years, this year’s DNA tests confirm that there are more male chicks throughout the colony overall in 2020.
January 31, 2019: Albatross Chick Hatches, Returned To Nest
The Royal Albatross chick reunites with its parent (male OGK) after spending the past five days hatching out in an incubator. Watch the chick’s return to the nest as a DOC ranger preps the nest site and gently places the hatchling in the nest bowl. OGK is quick to acknowledge his chick and promptly tucks it in under a warm embrace of feathers.
January 26, 2019: Pipping Egg Transported To Incubator
Watch a DOC ranger carefully remove the pipping albatross egg from the nest and place a dummy egg in the nest. Royal Albatross eggs are transported to an incubator during the hatching process to remove the risk of fly strike during the long hatching process.
December 20, 2019: Royal Albatross Cam Launches On Bird Cams
Big news from Down Under! The Cornell Lab has teamed up with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) to bring the new Northern Royal Albatross cam to Bird Cams. This new partnership spans further than the Pacific; it will also increase the viewership of the DOC’s wildly popular cam, known since 2016 as the RoyalCam, and give millions more people the chance to get to know the world’s largest seabird.
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