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Aloha from O'ahu, Hawaii! Last updated: 3/16/2006

Above and below five: Hawaiian Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni)

Above: One of eleven Bristle-thighed Curlews I observed on the North Shore of O'ahu today (3/16/2005). It's a distant shot taken in the pouring rain, but I'm just ecstatic to have seen them!

Above and below two: The beautiful, endemic Oahu Amakihi. The first two photos show a male bird, while the third shows a female. The white wing bars on the female are a primary difference between the Hawaii and Kauai Amakihis.

Below three: The locally abundant Pacific Golden-Plover

Below: A pair of Hawaiian Duck (Koloa) x Mallard Hybrids. Although these look "right", it is believed that there are no longer any "pure" Koloa on O'ahu.

Below: The endemic Hawaiian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis)

Below: A distant Hawaiian Coot, another endemic species (Fulica alai)

Below: A common winter visitor to the islands, the Wandering Tattler

Below: Ruddy Turnstone, another common wintering species. They even turn up on park lawns here!

Below: Also common in the winter months is the Sanderling

Below: A Red-crested Cardinal (introduced species)

Below: Zebra Dove (introduced)

Below: White-rumped Shama (introduced)

Below: Spotted Dove (introduced)

Below: The abundant Common Myna (introduced)

Below: A Common Waxbill feeding on grass seeds (introduced)

Below: The strange Red-whiskered Bulbul (introduced)

Below: An immature Java Sparrow (introduced)

Below: And don't forget the Northern Cardinal (introduced)

Below: Immature Black-crowned Night-Heron. This species colonized the island on its own.

Below: Cattle Egret (introduced)

Below two: A male and female House Finch (introduced)

Below: A golfball-sized land snail

Below two: Indian Mongoose (introduced)

Below: Long-tailed Pea-Blue (introduced)

Below: Roseate Skimmer (introduced)

Below: Shutter speed fun--a Pacific Golden-Overexposure.

O'ahu sighting list so far (non-introduced in caps): HAWAIIAN DUCK (KOLOA) x MALLARD HYBRID, BUFFLEHEAD (1 hen), NORTHERN SHOVELER (8), NORTHERN PINTAIL (1 drake), Red Junglefowl (introduced by early Polynesians), WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER, RED-TAILED TROPICBIRD, MASKED BOOBY, BROWN BOOBY, RED-FOOTED BOOBY, GREAT FRIGATEBIRD, Cattle Egret, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, HAWAIIAN COMMON MOORHEN, HAWAIIAN COOT, PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER, HAWAIIAN STILT, WANDERING TATTLER, BRISTLE-THIGHED CURLEW (11), RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, SOOTY TERN (1000s at nesting colony), BLACK NODDY, WHITE TERN (COMMON FAIRY-TERN), Rock Pigeon, Spotted Dove, Zebra Dove, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Budgerigar (escapee), HAWAIIAN SHORT-EARED OWL (PUEO; endemic subspecies sandwichensis), Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Japanese Bush-Warbler, White-rumped Shama, Red-billed Leiothrix, Japanese White-eye, Northern Mockingbird, Common Myna, Saffron Finch, Red-crested Cardinal, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Yellow-fronted Canary, O'AHU 'AMAKIHI, House Sparrow, Common Waxbill, Nutmeg Mannikin, Chestnut Munia, Java Sparrow. Mammals: HUMPBACK WHALE, Indian Mongoose. Insects: Long-tailed Pea-Blue, Gulf Fritillary, Monarch, Roseate Skimmer, Scarlet Skimmer, unid. Odonata (all introduced).


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