Leica in the Pacific Island jungles….

Steve Howell has just returned from leading a WINGS cruise for 4 weeks from New Zealand to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. In this image from the forests of remote Vanua Lava (the only known breeding island for Vanuatu Petrel), who has the cell phone? The barefoot guide with the machete or the Leica-laden and lei-adorned birder? (Clue: what’s in the guide’s left hand?)

Steve Howell has just returned from leading a WINGS cruise for 4 weeks from New Zealand to Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. In this image from the forests of remote Vanua Lava (the only known breeding island for Vanuatu Petrel), who has the cell phone? The barefoot guide with the machete or the Leica-laden and lei-adorned birder? (Clue: what’s in the guide’s left hand?)

One of the few “published” images of Vanuatu Petrel (Pterodroma occulta), described to science in 2001, but perhaps not safely separable at sea from White-necked Petrel (P. cervicalis). Off Vanua Levu, Vanuatu, 26 April 2014.

One of the few “published” images of Vanuatu Petrel (Pterodroma occulta), described to science in 2001, but perhaps not safely separable at sea from White-necked Petrel (P. cervicalis). Off Vanua Levu, Vanuatu, 26 April 2014.