Feathers & Pendants
This Laysan albatross chick is right at two months old and is already pushing out white feathers, a sign of a healthy bird. Interesting tidbit: The chick's downy feathers do not fall off as their adult plumage grows in. The grey down is actually attached to the tips of their adult feathers and, eventually, through preening and rubbing, breaks off. Not surprisingly considering their importance, a Laysan albatross chick's primary (flight) feathers have already sprouted, typically around 35 days of age.
Feathers aren't the only thing growing around here. The other new development is Albatography pendants. I'm hesitant to say this, but, yes, you can now acceptably wear an albatross around your neck. (Argh! I hate saying that! But if I didn't, I knew someone would.) I didn't intend to get into jewelry. But it seems, perhaps through mōlī magic, that a metal print can be inserted into a silver-plated, nickel-free pendant and with an 18-inch silver-plated chain morphs into a necklace. Ta-dah. Albatography now offers wearable art like this: