Wisdom, a female Laysan Albatross Phoebastria immutabilis who is at least 65 years old has hatched her latest egg on 1 February on the USA’s Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (well actually her partner had been incubating since 20 January when the egg hatched on 1 February, Wisdom was then at sea).
Wisdom's mate feeds the hatchling on 2 February 2916, photograph by Kiah Walker, USF&WS
Wisdom returned from a long foraging trip to take over rearing duties on the 7th and the banded male departed the same day. “We expect him to be back within a week or less because newly hatched albatross chicks require a consistent supply of fresh seafood.” This season’s chick has been named Kūkini (Hawaiian for messenger). Following an on-line poll the following names are on the short list for Wisdom’s mate:
Ahonui (Hawaiian name meaning single act of patience and perseverance; English parallel word: Patience)
Akeakamai (Hawaiian word meaning yearning for or lover of wisdom)
The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge falls within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 10 February 2016