I'm back on Midway after 2 weeks off island. I was at the Pacific Seabird Group meeting on Oahu where I gave a talk on the Short-tailed albatrosses on Midway. I met a lot of people that I had been emailing for years. I also took a couple of days to go over to the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai to give them a hand. They sometimes have problems with botulism in Hawaiian ducks, coots, moorhens, and stilts, so I was showing them how we deal with botulism on our refuge.
Chris & Victoria Jordan, Jan, Joe, and Jim left on the flight that I came in on. It would have been nice to be here with them since I learn a lot from just watching them film their movie. Don't forget to look at their updates on their page: http://www.midwayjourney.com/
The Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai has active taro farms, which makes for good habitat for waterbirds.
There are 3 endangered species in this photo. There is a Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian Coot (white face), and some Hawaiian Moorhens. The Common mynas and Black-crowned night heron aren't endangered.
Here is a better picture of a Hawaiian stilt foraging in the taro.
Here is a better shot of some Hawaiian moorhens in a ditch.
The Hawaiian geese (Nene) are also endangered. I didn't get any good photos of the endangered Hawaiian ducks.