Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Birding Hawaii

Exactly four years ago, Jessica and I were in Hawaii for a week long stay at her sister's place.  I was able to do a little birding there and I pulled out the old photos to prove it to myself and also to verify that I did see a couple birds that I was questioning in yesterday's blog post.  I could go on and on about the wonderful visit to Hawaii and all the cool places we saw and all the fun things we did , but I'll spare you.  Let's just say that Hawaii is paradise and it was one trip that I could have extended an additional week without longing for home and for routine.  I can't wait to go back!

Birding was simply secondary to whatever else we were doing, but below are the photos of a couple of the birds I saw while in Hawaii.  I am a terrible photographer and these were all with a point-and-shoot, but they do prove I was there and that I did see some birds.

I saw a couple dozen of these beautiful cardinals around Oahu.  This particular photo was taken while we hiked up Diamond Head.

We spent a Sunday afternoon at this beautiful botanical garden where I saw Red Junglefowl, Common Waxbills and Nutmeg Mannikins, along with the White-rumped Shama and various ducks shown in the photos below.

Zoom in to see the Hawaiian Ducks and Hawaiian Coots and our hosts!

Java Sparrow
Right outside their apartment.  I saw the Japanese White-eye and Common Myna from here too.

Hanauma Bay
I quickly discovered that snorkeling and identifying the fish is just as exhilarating as birding.  We went back...twice!

The Grey Francolin I saw near the Dole pineapple farms was pretty cool!  The Bristle-thighed Curlew was spectacular right about sunset one the west shore. Pacific Golden Plovers and Cattle Egrets were everywhere it seemed. The pelagic birds were also great to discover while we were on the whale-watching lunch cruise.

Just another quick plug for is a screen-shot of the list of birds I saw in Hawaii.  I saw several more species, but back then I wasn't as good at entering in everything I saw as I am now.

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