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!