For starters I visited the Nawiliwilli Harbor area and the Menehune Fish Ponds. The 'Alekoko fish ponds are where in ancient times, Hawaiian royalty kept fresh water fish which were an important source of protein. I couldn't believe it, but there were zero birds visible while I was there. Oh well!
|View of the beautiful Menehune Fish Pond taken from the overhead viewing platform|
|Saw dozens of Nene getting in their 9 holes on the golf course|
A striking White-breasted Shama was unexpected
and it didn't seem to enjoy the tropical breezes quite as much as I did
|The Hawaiian Gallinules had fantastic waxy looking red shields on their noggins|
|Showing off a colorful head|
|How's this for a perky birdie? A Red-crested Cardinal|
|Noisy and bold, Common Myna, which seem to be everywhere in Hawaii|
|Java Rice Sparrows - cheeky little things|
|Sweet little Zebra Dove|
Late in the day I headed north on the island and had a huge stroke of luck. I was crossing a little bridge on Kuhio Highway, and I spotted some dark polka dots on the river - Hawaiian Coots! Another species that is considered seperate from it's identicle cousins on the mainland. I tried to get to where I could photograph them on foot, but the the shrubbery by the bridge was too thick to traverse. So, I got my not-to-good shots by driving onto the bridge and haulting... happily I managed to get my shots during a total lull in traffic.
Another bolt of luck happened after I reached the northernmost bits of the island you can reach by car. I meant to hike the Kilalau Trail, which traverses up mountain for a view of the ocean and any pelagic species that might fly by. I had my flashlight, as the best time to bird the trail is around sunset and I didn't want to get stranded after dark. I had a little backpack and I reached the trailhead...
|The trail looked like a bit of an ankle masher to me|
So, somewhat disappointed, I got back in the car, heading off. I was driving past a beautiful little Taro Root plantation.
|Taro Root Plantation|
|Koloa! The Hawaiian Duck I'd been looking for.|
|Do not need luck to see chickens on Kaua'i - they're everywhere on the island|