There's a little less activity on island now that the taxiway crew is gone and the barge has departed. Just in time, since the albatross started coming back this week. There have been Black-footed albatross showing up all over the refuge. Two Short-tailed albatrosses have also returned. One on Sand and one on Eastern Island. We've got some technicians from Seemore Wildlife here to get our remote camera working again to monitor the Short-tails on Eastern. It's cooled down quite a bit in the last couple of weeks, so we are finally seeing less botulism in our Laysan ducks.
This Black-footed albatross is taking a nap while waiting for the rest of the birds to show up on Eastern Island.
Yesterday I saw 4 Laysan ducks at the Monument seep on Eastern that had been sick with botulism and treated. You can see that this one has a temporary lavender band on its right leg. He would have died had we not found it and got the anti-toxin into him.