Friday, July 29, 2011

Hawaii (part three)

Kapiolani Park turned out to be a great place to find birds...  One morning there was a lone Pacific Golden-Plover standing by the pond.


After my first visit to the park I continued on to Diamond Head.  The hike up wasn't too bad until the very top which consists of steep staircases and a dark tunnel.


The view was sweet.


I saw my first scorpion on one of the concrete walls at the top.  A petite Asian lady came over next to me to see what I was taking a picture of and consequently let out a scream that almost made me drop my camera.  It was funny.


On the way back down I saw some wild cats.


Also saw a couple Japanese White-eyes:


I watched one a few days later digging into a tree next to the Honolulu Zoo.


An extremely common bird on Oahu is the Cattle Egret.  I saw them all over the place including the farmer's market, flying over the ocean, on the Mokolua Islands, and standing on the back of a sheep at a farm near the north shore.



Also at the farmer's market I saw some amazing avocados.  I start drooling just thinking about the sandwich I got at Veggie Star made with a local avocado. 


Yummy.  On Sunday was my friends' wedding at a ranch near the north shore.  After the wedding, and after a visit to Matsumoto's for shave ice, we stopped at the beach to watch the sunset...


Dare I say epic?  My last full day in Hawaii most people were heading home, so I took off on my own.  I rented a car to drive to Kailua Bay so I could rent a kayak so I could paddle to the Manana and the Molokua Islands.  First I stopped for lunch at Down to Earth (mmm, vegan potato salad and a hummus & mock chicken wrap).  Behind the parking lot was a stream filled with Common Moorhens and Hawaiian Coots!



The stream was full of fishies too!


I made it down to the Kailua Beach park and met up with my kayak.  It was probably the most beautiful beach and water I have ever seen.


And it was just filled with sea turtles!  Unfortunately no photos because I only saw them while paddling, and my camera was safely stowed in a dry bag.  My first kayak stop was the Molokua Islands...


All the islands around are bird sanctuaries, and on the islands I visited were tons of nesting Wedge-tailed Shearwaters.  Often the nest holes were right next to the trail...


On Manana Island a shearwater let me get great looks as it flew around the island, eventually settling down.  I didn't realize till after that it had settled down to sit on an egg.


Only during its landing did I see where it got its name...



Also on Manana Island were lots of anole lizards!


Alright, I'm almost done.  The last interesting creatures I saw in Hawaii were mountain goats!  I had no idea there were mountain goats there, and I didn't get very good photos, but still.  Cool.


The only bird I saw and didn't get a photo of was a Great Frigatebird.  I watched one soaring by Diamond Head when I was in a car on the highway with my camera in the trunk.  Still awesome to see.  And that was it!  Now it's time for camping!


8 comments:

  1. Awesome photos of the birds of Hawaii. The shearwater are cool. And I love the sunset. I've been there four times and each time I was not into birding. Now, I have to go back again. I really enjoyed all your photos.

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  2. Dude...way to meet the Wedgies and White Terns...they are real class acts.

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  3. WOW Squared! I could def enjoy having lunch with you! AND bird watching too--like Ive said before you are the bird whisperer and you keep proving that over and over again..Awesome place eh? What great shots you got of everything!! THAT shearwater shot is fab and the last shot is what I imagine when i think of Hawaii..high volcanic peaks lush vegetation, and palm trees! cant wait to see the camping---

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  4. I got my lifer Frigate in Hawaii too! Love that place, great posts!

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  5. Awesome pic of the Golden Plover. I would have given anything to do that paddle with you. I'm thinking of paddling out to South Island in Chatham this weekend. Should be tons of shorebirds. Glad you had a great time.

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  6. My goodness, what a trip! Those sheep are surprising- did someone import them?

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  7. Thanks for sharing pics of what looks like a wonderful trip!

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