The New Zealand Department of Conversation has maintained a webcam beside a Royal Albatross nest in the colony on Otago Peninsula since 2016, providing a 24-hour live stream of an albatross nest during the breeding season.
This year (2021/22) we are watching OGK (Orange, Green, Black) and YRK (Yellow, Red, Black) who are a chick which hatched January 26, 2022 after being laid on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.
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In 2021 we watched LGK, LGL, and their female chick Tiaki, who hatched on the January 24, 2021. Since then Tiaki has traveled across the ocean.
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The 2018/19 Royal Cam is currently trained on the nest of LGK and LGL and their fertile egg. These two northern royal albatross have been together since 2017, this is their second breeding attempt. Last season their egg was an early dead embryo. Their current nest is at South Plateau which is higher up the hill than previous seasons and directly across from the observatory towards the Signal Station. The egg was laid on November 6 and was the ninth egg out of the 51 eggs to be laid this season.
About the bird
The northern royal albatross is a huge white albatross with black upperwings. It usually mates for life and breeds only in New Zealand. Biennial breeding takes place primarily on The Sisters and The Forty-Fours Islands in the Chatham Islands. There is also a tiny colony at Taiaroa Head near Dunedin on the mainland of New Zealand, which is a major tourist attraction.
Northern royal albatross or toroa, have been nesting at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head since 1938, and the colony now has more than 100 individual birds. They are one of the largest seabirds, with a wingspan of three meters!
Fun Fact: The Northern Royal Albatross was first described as Diomedea sanfordi by ornithologist Robert Cushman Murphy more than 100 years ago.
Bird Cams: “Why was the chick in an incubator? At the onset of hatching, the egg is swapped with a dummy egg and housed in an incubator for the remainder of the hatching process, which can take several days. Hatching chicks are highly threatened by infestation of fly larvae, known as “fly strike”, which can cause serious health issues and even death. By translocating the egg to an incubator, the risk of fly strike is completely removed during hatching. This process is done for all of the hatching eggs in the colony.”
In 2018 the northern royal albatross pair YWK and KGY cared for an egg that was laid on November 7, 2017 and hatched on January 22, 2018. On February 18, the albatross chick died after it was attacked by its mother. Said DOC: “This is an unusual incident for the colony and the behavior is not common.”
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