قطرس عجوز تصبح أما للمرة السابعة والثلاثين في عمر ال68

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2019.08.24 01:45

 طيور القطرس الحكيمة احد أقدم انواع الطيور في العالم، واحداها تسمى ويسدم تهاجر سنويا نحوالاف الاميال لتصبح أما وتبيض للمرة السابعة والثلاثين في عمر ال 68 سنة   ومرة في كل عامين على مدى العقود الستة الماضية،  ترسي  بيضة  جديدة في "جزيرة ميدواي"،  في أرخبيل هاواي وتبقى معها نحو 7 اشهر لتفقس وتترعرع  وتقوى على الطيران والصيد العلماء رصدو الطائر منذ العام 1950 حيث طار لمسافة تصل لاكثر من ثلاثة ملايين ميل

 

 

 

Wisdom the Albatross, the worlds oldest breeding bird, to become a mother for the 37th time at 68

Almost every year for six decades, Wisdom has laid an egg on Midway Atoll

Midway Atoll in the North Pacific is 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii

It takes nearly seven months to incubate the egg and raise a chick to fledge

Should her latest egg hatch it will be her 37th

During that time, Wisdom and her partner, Akeakamai, take turns incubating the egg or caring for the chick, while the other partner forages for food at sea

At 68, she is an inspiration to mothers everywhere.

 

Wisdom the the Laysan albatross, the worlds oldest known breeding bird, has laid another egg. 

 

Almost every year for the past six decades, Wisdom has laid an egg on Midway Atoll, an island in the Hawaiian archipelago.

 

Now, staff at Midway have confirmed she has done it again.

 

She first appeared back at her traditional nest site on November 29 and biologists on Midway have confirmed that she has laid an egg, the reserve said. 

 

 

 

 

 

At 68-years-old, the worlds oldest known breeding bird, an albatross named Wisdom (pictured), has laid another egg. Wisdom was first spotted incubating an egg at the same nesting site her and her mate, Akeakamai, user each year on Midway Atoll, an island in the Hawaiian archipelago

 

It takes seven months to incubate an albatross egg and raise the resulting chick until it can fend for itself, and during that time Wisdom and her partner Akeakamai (pictured above) take turns caring for their offspring and foraging for food

ALBATROSS FACTS

 An albatross has an average wingspan of 11ft.

They spend most of their days out at sea and spend hours gliding on headwinds.

The ancestral Hawaiian name for the bird is moli, which means a bone tattoo needle which was made from the bone of an albatross.

The bird was famously mentioned in Samuel Taylor Coleridges epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, where the mariner shot an albatross, which was considered a sign of good luck. 

As punishment, the mariner was forced to wear the dead albatross across his neck. 

 

Should her latest egg with her longtime lover, Akeakamai, hatch, fledge and take to the open sea, it will be her 37th.

Midway Atolls habitat doesnt just contain millions of birds, it contains countless generations and families of albatrosses said Kelly Goodale, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Biologist. 

If you can imagine when Wisdom returns home she is likely surrounded by what were once her chicks and potentially their chicks. What a family reunion! 

It takes nearly seven months to incubate the egg and raise a chick to fledge - when young birds develop wing feathers that are large enough for flight. 

During that time, Wisdom and Akeakamai, like all albatross parents, take turns incubating the egg or caring for the chick, while the other partner forages for food at sea.   

Albatross and other seabirds show high nest fidelity behaviors - which means they return to the same nesting site each year. 

They start to return from sea to breed in late October, and by the end of November almost every available nesting space on the atoll is claimed by a breeding pair.

Wisdom spends 90% of her life at sea where she soars over the ocean for days on end and rests on the waves to feed on squid and fish eggs. 

Like all albatross, she returns nearly every year to the place she was born. 

 

Oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earl pictured with Wisdom. Scientists have been tracking the bird since the 1950s - since which time she has flown more than three million miles

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