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Halema‘uma‘u west vent lava pond with koa‘e kea bird

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Lava continues to erupt from a perched lava pond within the west vent of Halema‘uma‘u crater at the summit of Kīlauea. This video shows nearly continuous spatter bursts through the pond and a roiling and sloshing pond surface. At about 43 seconds into the video, a white-trailed tropicbird (koa‘e kea) flies through the frame. These birds make their homes in the walls of Halema‘uma‘u crater and are frequently seen flying around the crater. 




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