One couple chose to build their nest at the bottom of a hill. They decided that my life was way too easy and that I needed the thrill of climbing up and down slippery grass to check on them. It is a terrible spot for a nest, an area where heavy rain would be likely to run down hill to the lowest point, which is where the nest was.
On Saturday night a storm hit Kauai. Twelve inches fell at Mt. Waialeale, an area that is often the wettest spot on earth. Look at the photo above, and try to guess what happened. Not only was the egg gone, there was no trace of the nest left. The parent was nowhere to be seen. When something catastrophic happens to a nest, the parent who was on the egg will usually wait in the area until the mate returns. They will renew their bond before flying out to sea. Perhaps this parent was too traumatized to stay there. I will keep checking for her.
Another couple picked a site with lovely mountain views:
Here is the view in the other direction, looking towards an ocean bluff: