Sooty Terns on Pearl and Hermes Atoll: Hawaii

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Sooty Terns number in the thousands on Pearl and Hermes Atoll, nesting and raising their chicks in dense colonies in the center of Southeast Island.  During the middle of the day, many of the terns would often accumulate on the shoreline of the windward side of the island (as seen here).  All of Southeast Island is visible from this viewpoint including the Monk Seal researcher’s field camp on the far side of the islet.

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