Sunday, May 12, 2013


 It was a quiet week with a lot of people off island right now.  The construction/repair crew is just finishing up their spring work and will take some time off before they come back in July, so it will get even quieter. 

I had a comment asking what it's like coming and going from Midway.  I've been going back and forth for about 6 years now, so I'm used to it and don't get culture shock either way anymore.  It's like anywhere you live though, you need to get away to revive your appreciation.  That works both ways.  I appreciate the mainland more for its conveniences, friends, and social activities, but I also appreciate Midway each time I come back for the simpler beauty, lack of crime, traffic, and politics.

It's been mostly sunny this week and seems like it's warming up for summer.  There are ducklings all over, and the albatross chicks are getting bigger.  A lot of the birds are laying eggs right now, Great frigatebirds, Red-footed boobies, Red-tailed tropicbirds, White terns, and Gray-backed terns so far.  Although we're all very busy around here, it's just normal work, so I won't bore you with the details.  Here are some pics.

The beach.
We got to see a little bit of the solar eclipse at Midway on Thursday.  We were right on the edge of the viewing zone, so this was about as good as it got.  I took this picture through a welder's mask, hence the greenish hue.

 There were a bunch of White terns following me around, seeing what I was up to.

 This is a leucistic Laysan albatross on Eastern Island.  You can tell it's not albino since it doesn't have pink eyes and has a bit of brown in the feathers.  There's one on Sand Island too, near the water tower.

 This is the same Laysan duck and ducklings that I showed you last week.  They don't grow too much in a week. 

 I was on Eastern Island checking the duck seeps and noticed a pod of spinner dolphins just off the pier.

 They followed me for a little way on my way back to Sand Island.

I slowed the boat down to try to get a count.  They are really difficult to count, but there were at least 152 in this pod.


Anonymous said...

I appreciate your blog. just wish someone would continue the blog anytime you are off the island. Like the pictures but since I am a history buff, I like to see the old buildings and any manmade things.

Pete Prellwitz said...

Hey, Pete.

Like Anonymous, I'm a history buff, too, and enjoy anything you post about the structures and man made artifacts.

I'm also an avid nature fan, though, so the bird and island shots are fantastic and appreciated.

Oh, and I'm a scuba diver, so I love the underwater and sea life items you post.

Hmm... guess that's why I never miss a Monday coming here to read your blog.

I'm keeping up with the progress on Tern Island from the facebook pages. Does the Midway group ever get a chance to help out? You've got your own island to steward, after all. But I was wondering.

Pete Leary said...

Thanks, I'll try to add a couple more pics of things. We help out Tern Island by sometimes helping with personnel swaps when the ship is full. The extra people can fly in or out of Midway. Sometimes we send them some part they need or something, but usually each island is fairly independent.

Amelie said...

This is cool!