Almost all of Midway's birds can be seen performing bizarre, humorous, or elegant courtship displays at some point during the year. Terns are well-known for their graceful, synchronized courtship displays...in the sky. These Sooty Terns were doing synchronized dancing on the ground. I've never seen anything like it, before or since.
Midway Atoll is one of the most incredible places I've ever been, and a large part of that is due to the birds there. With Midway Atoll now within the friendly confines of the ABA Area, I just had a new piece on Midway's seabirds published in ABA's Birder's Guide to Travel. Click on the cover and flip to page 32 (you can access this whether you are an ABA member or not), or if you are an ABA member it should be mailed to you imminently if you don't have it already. I'm chuffed that the ABA wanted to put it out, take a look!
I've probably posted this White Tern photo at some point in the distant past. If not, I'm sorry it took so long. Holy shit this image gives me the warm fuzzies...this was in my backyard on Midway.