The top photograph is of the Black-Necked Stilt or Ae'o and the bottom shot is of the Common Moorhen or 'Alae'ula which are both endemic to the Hawaiian islands. I recently made another trip to Hamakua Marsh and got some great reference photos for future paintings. All this makes me want to paint wildlife right now(!!), but I need to finish some other work I have started first.
Hope to have completed some new work to post by tonight so check back soon.