Saturday June 28th 2014 Tim
The difference between a boy Bobwhite and a girl
Bobwhite is in the appearance of the head. Boys have more black and
white on their head than do girls. As far as I know, Bobwhites are
not known for their longevity, and yet I have read that a Bobwhite has
been known to live for six years. Often these claims of lifespan
are made about birds that are pretty much lost to their wilderness and
have persuaded a member of my own species to look out for them, with
things like ground feeders and chasing away Cats and being raised for
the hunters to shot. But when it comes to Albatross, there's no doubt in
my mind that so long as they have food left to them by fishermen, they
do indeed live a long life. It can take many species of Albatross up to
ten years to reach breeding age, and after that they can have easily
forty and probably fifty years left to them.
philopatric, which means they will return year after year to
their natal breeding ground, the place they were born. When
an Albatross first decides to return to his or her natal
breeding ground, he or she might have been wandering the
oceans for years. And though they have, deep inside them, an
ability to communicate with each other, those first meetings
require speech and dance during which an Albatross learns
the meanings of Albatross communication, their language.
Through the course of maturing an Albatross will dance and
sing to many another Albatross, so that he or she might gain
better and better understanding of what it is that other
Albatross might be referring to, or what others might call
'syntax.' And when these understandings become
increasingly unique between a boy and girl Albatross a bond
is born that will last the remainder of an Albatross
lifetime. Bobwhite's can lay up to twenty five eggs a year.
The Wandering Albatross lays one egg every two years.