|Mauna Kea - the White Mountain|
|The Saddle Road - Mauna Kea in the distance on the left|
I kept stopping to photograph wild turkeys and I was gratified to discover a bird, new to me, imported, long ago established as an island bird, Erckel's Falcolins - a kind of giant wild partridge.
|Turkey and four Erckel's Fancolins|
|Spotted flock after flock of Wild Turkeys in the fields around Mauna Kea|
|My at-long-last, first look at Hawaiian Nene Geese.|
|I discovered the Mauna Kea Observatory complex|
|Inside the Mauna Kea Visitor Center|
I put in a visit to see what there was to see - interesting for sure, but I was chagrined the visitor center personnel had no clue about the mysterious wildlife refuge I inquired about. No cross-crossing of the sciences on Mauna Kea I guess.
|There was a telescope set up for viewing the SUN. Yes, that's right, the SUN!|
Then spreading its impressive wings, it floated below me on the hillside, resulting in even closer photos.
|This bird spoiled me with its poses|
The next birds that showed up - and rather often, were more Nenes. I spotted 3 pair of Nene and one solitary bird.
|Pair of Nene - one on the left is bent over, feeding|
|Solitary Nene looking cheerful enough|
|The last 100 yds to this gate & sign were a doozy!|
Mother Nature being kind, I saw the same I'o on the way out, that I'd seen on the way in. Still beautiful and rather mysterious looking as fog rolled up Mauna Kea.
|I'o posing as the evening fog rolls in|
So, my exotic birding on the Big Island rather fell short of the mark, but I had fun anyway. I got a call from a v. sweet ranger lady Monday morning. I was told there was an open house on at the Refuge Headquarters and in the hoopla, they forgot to call me back with the gate combination. Oh well. No big deal. If there's a next time, I'll be taking that 4 wheel drive again.