March 2014

1114 Ruddy Turnstone

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Ala Moana Beach Park
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014

Here is set 2 of 2 with 4 photos from this trip.

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1113 Ruddy Turnstone

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Ala Moana Beach Park
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014

Two big highlights for this trip was to photograph the Kolea (Pacific Golden Plover) and some Ruddy Turnstones. I was alerted to the Koleas by my friend Patti Sakai, but the Turnstones was an unexpected treat. I’d love to see this bird in its summer plumage, but I’m sure they aren’t in the islands during that time. Here is a set of 4 photos.

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1112 Zebra Dove

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Ala Moana Beach Park
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014

You find these little Zebra Doves everywhere on Oahu. I love waking up to their cooing. They are smaller than Mourning Doves. This set of 3 photos was taken on and near the beach.

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It was quite windy and these doves were taking refuge at the beach near a pile of rocks.

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Ala Moana Beach Park
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014

This is a set of 3 photos taken in the grass at this beautiful and very large park.

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1110 Spotted Dove

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Ala Moana Beach Park
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014

This is a set of 2 photos taken in the grass.

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1109 Spotted Dove

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Ala Moana Beach Park
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014

This is a set of 2 photos taken on the beach.

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1108 Belted Kingfisher

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Vaughn Bay, WA
February 11, 2014

Here is a little change of pace from the Hawaii photos I’ve been posting. I was watching an otter eat a flounder type fish on a ski dock in front of the house and I pulled out my spotting scope with my point & shoot attachment. While photographing the otter, this Kingfisher flew up on this post. I grabbed some quick shots before he flew off, but he was quite interested in the otter’s meal.

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I don’t often keep a photograph of a bird facing away from me, but I liked this one for some reason.

1107 Pacific Golden Plover (Kolea)

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Waimanalo Beach Park
Waimanalo, Hawaii
January 25, 2014

This is a set of 4 photos I took in Waimanalo (the other side of the island from Honolulu). Well, one was taken in Kaneohe. Setting is rough grass next to the beach and at the cemetery. You can easily see why this is called a golden plover.

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1106 Pacific Golden Plover (Kolea)

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Ala Moana Beach Park
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014

This was one of the highlights of this trip to Hawaii and a lifer sighting for me. The Kolea is an Artic Tundra breeder, but winters in warm climates like south Asia, Australia, Hawaii and even California. This is a set of 3 photos taken at Ala Moana. I’ll be posting a set of 4 that were taken in Waimanalo with outstretched wings that really show the golden color of this bird. I was seeing these birds almost every where I went.

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1105 Java Sparrow

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Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora), also known as Java Finch, Java Rice Sparrow or Java Rice Bird
Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
January 28, 2014.

I think this bird looks more like a finch than a sparrow. It originally came from Indonesia and is a pest bird for rice farmers. It is a caged pet bird throughout the world, but has a large wild population in Hawaii, especially Oahu. If you walk around in Waikiki, you find plenty of Java Sparrows in park areas.

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juvenile Java Sparrow
Aina Haina, Hawaii
January 23, 2014

I photographed these juvenile birds in the backyard of the house where my wife grew up – now occupied by her brother. There is a stream running next to the back yard and lots of mango, star fruit and other trees on the property. Aina Haina is a suburb valley in Honolulu.