01home02babybrain05lifelist04tastebuds08bbbs10roguewedding11nerdybirdy12travels

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hawaii: Nerdy Birdy Kauai Island Birds

Despite yesterday’s birthday debacle and the fact that I couldn’t get into any of the bird sanctuaries due to the government shutdown I focused on something I was thankful for: birds are everywhere. Every time we step outside you can find birds, some at the resort and many many more while we were out exploring the island. I lugged my big lens on this trip, even though I knew it would be difficult to use. Since the birth of my son and my c-section my stomach muscles are super weak, my back muscles have stepped up to overcompensate which means that my back usually has a dull constant ache. None of this would really matter except that my big lens takes a ton of core muscles.

100513_00_birding01

On top of my core strength being less than sub-par my arm strength, so I can hold the lens out in front of me was weak as well. By the end of the week however I was able to see a significant difference in my ability to keep that lens stable while taking photos. My bird photography got a little rusty.

100513_00_birding02

I didn’t even realize HOW MANY photos I took, and how many different birds I saw until I got home and tried to organize them. WOW. It literally took me days to go through them all, another day to figure out what all of them were and then another day to edit them. Birding and bird photography is a passion of love, but man is it a ton of work. But like all awesome hobbies, totally worth it.

100513_00_birding03

100513_00_birding04

100513_00_birding05

funny enough the bird I saw the most on the island was the chicken. Yup, apparently Kauai will never starve; there are more chickens here than I have seen in my entire life.

100513_01_chicken01

100513_01_chicken02

And now for the massive picture show of the more common birds, because going through and explaining all of these would take forever!

100513_02_blackCroNighHeron02
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON

100513_02_blackCroNighHeron01
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON JUVENILE

100513_02_cattleEgret01
CATTLE EGRET

100513_02_cattleEgret02
CATTLE EGRET

100513_03_wanderingTattler
WANDERING TATTLER

100513_04_greatFrigateBird01
GREAT FRIGATEBIRD

100513_04_greatFrigateBird02
GREAT FRIGATEBIRD

100513_04_redCardnial01
NORTHERN RED CARDNIAL

The resort had several ponds that held pairs of swans. The white swans I get to see occasionally, they are a treat for sure, but the black swans… swoon, I have only ever seen one before. They are such elegant beautiful birds.

100513_05_swans01
BLACK SWAN

100513_05_swans02
BLACK SWAN

100513_05_swans03
BLACK SWAN

100513_05_swans04
BLACK SWAN

There were three birds that I found that are new birds to cross off my Nerdy Birdy List http://www.theroguewoman.com/2009/07/bird-brain-list.html. There were a few Pacific Golden Plover’s on the green lawns of the resort and they were relatively tame. Funny because this bird is usually such a huge scardy cat. Since these live on the resort they are much more comfortable with people. At times I had to actually back up to get the photos I wanted of this guy. Too bad he isn’t in breeding plumage, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with the detail of these shots and the beautiful golden tipped feathers on this birds back.

100513_06_list_pacificGoldenPlover01
PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER

100513_06_list_pacificGoldenPlover02
PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER

Off the cliffs in a few parts of the islands I found several sea birds most of which were the gorgeous and oh so fast White Tailed Tropicbirds, another new one to cross off my list. I think these were the most difficult birds that I took photos of in Hawaii. Tropicbirds are similar to terns and these guys are like tiny little torpedoes in the sky. My arm was burning with pain after several photoshoots attempting to get a clear shot of these birds.

100513_07_list_whiteTailedTropicbird01
WHITE TAILED TROPICBIRD

100513_07_list_whiteTailedTropicbird02
WHITE TAILED TROPICBIRD

My favorite new bird that I found to cross off my Nerdy Birdy List was the Red Footed Booby. These large gull like birds are streamlined to spend long periods of time out on the ocean. They leave their roosts on the cliffs in the morning and the return in the evening. Most of the time their telltale red feet are tucked under them and barely visible. It is only when they are attempting a not so elegant landing that their little feet pop out to land.

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby01
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby02
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby03
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby04
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby05
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby06
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby07
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby08
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby09
RED FOOTED BOOBY

100513_08_list_redFootedBooby10
RED FOOTED BOOBY

Whenever I go somewhere new my favorite birds to see are the endemic species. Birds that are only found in one specific area. Hawaii, being an island chain far away from any large continent had several birds that have diverged enough genetically to be considered a new species.

100513_09_hawaiianCoot
HAWAIIAN COOT

100513_09_hawaiianDuck02
HAWAIIAN DUCK

100513_09_hawaiianMoorhen01
HAWAIIAN MOORHEN

100513_09_hawaiianMoorhen02
HAWAIIAN MOORHEN

100513_09_hawaiianMoorhen03
HAWAIIAN MOORHEN

100513_09_nene01
NENE

100513_09_nene02
NENE

100513_09_nene03
NENE

My two favorites were the Apapane of which I only saw one and only for a few moments on the Cliffside. The other was the Hawaiian Owl which I spotted roosting on the telephone wires driving home off of the Waiamia Canyon.

100513_10_apapane01
APAPANE

100513_10_apapane02
APAPANE

100513_10_hawaiianOwl00
HAWAIIAN OWL

100513_10_hawaiianOwl01
HAWAIIAN OWL

100513_10_hawaiianOwl02
HAWAIIAN OWL

And then there are the inevitable stowaway’s or introduced birds that have grown to such a large population that they are very commonly seen.

100513_11_commonMyna01
COMMON MYNA

100513_11_commonMyna02
COMMON MYNA

100513_11_commonMyna03
COMMON MYNA

100513_11_japaneseWhiteEye01
JAPANESE WHITEYE

100513_11_japaneseWhiteEye02
JAPANESE WHITEYE

100513_11_japaneseWhiteEye02b
JAPANESE WHITEYE

100513_11_nutmegManikiin
NUTMEG MANIKIN

100513_11_redCreastedCardinal01
RED CRESTED CARDINAL

100513_11_redCreastedCardinal04
RED CRESTED CARDINAL

100513_11whiteRumpedSharma
WHITE RUMPED SHAMA

100513_11_zebraDove01
ZEBRA DOVE

100513_11_zebraDove02
ZEBRA DOVE

100513_11_zebraDove03
ZEBRA DOVE

Each and every night after our activities for the day and before we go to dinner I would rest with My Little Cricket and Mr. Rogue would download and backup our photos that were taken that day. Between the two of us we take a crazy amount of pictures, we just cannot help ourselves. Love him for taking that task on.

100513_zPhotoDownloads

Tonight we went off the resort to Roy’s, a Pacific Rim Asian infusion restaurant where we had the BEST pineapple upside-down cake I have ever had. Seriously it was divine… oh and dinner was super yummy too. All this birding and adventure makes a girl hungry!

100513_zdinner01

No comments:

Post a Comment