Midway supports populations of several bird species, most notably the largest breeding colony of laysan albatross. Several imperiled species find refuge at Midway, as well, including short-tailed albatross (pictured). Because of the close quarters on Midway, birds have grown quite accustomed to human presence, which affords some fantastic photographic opportunities. We hope you enjoy these images.
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During the breeding season, tropicbirds form a group of 2-20 birds and fly around one another, swinging their tail streamers from side to side for several minutes to attract the female bird. Their courtship displays are complex and consist of flying backwards, vertically, and in large, vertical circles.