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View From Here - Outrigger Travel Blog - Birdwatching

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  • Birding at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

    Destination: Maui

    hybrid duck at kealia pond national wildlife refugeEarlier this month, when I was on Maui, my rental car naturally gravitated to a familiar place for me--a national wildlife refuge. Like Kilauea, where I volunteer (on Friday afternoons, stop by some time), this one is dedicated to birds. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is located at the south end of the isthmus that runs between East Maui's Kihei and Wailea and West Maui's Lahaina and Kaanapali.

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  • Kapalua Coastal Walk

    Destination: Maui

    I didn’t plan it. Seriously. But I went on a bird walk in West Maui. In my defense, I thought it was a fitness walk. When will I accept that I am a birder? Am I in denial of age? Because, stereotypical or not, I always think of birders as, well, older. Or am I in denial of the feathery cute- and cuddly-ness of birds? I met Ben Auerbach at Kapalua Spa at the decent hour of 9:00 a.m. A couple from Wisconsin, a mother and daughter from Dallas, Texas and another couple from Central California joined us.

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  • A Meditation on the Chickens of Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    rooster with tailI have written extensively here on this blog about excursions in search of monitoring and counting and observing Hawaii’s native and, often, endangered species from Laysan albatross, black-footed albatross, short-tailed albatross and Newell’s shearwater. To Hawaiian monk seals, humpback whales, false killer whales. Green and hawk’s bill sea turtles. And hedyotis st. johnii. And yet, I have not once written about a species of great intrigue, especially to Kauai’s visitors. Perhaps because the species of which I allude is found in my backyard. Its numbers are rising unchecked. And it’s not included on any list except, perhaps, one of a nuisance to insomniacs. I refer, of course, to the chicken.

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  • Dark Night of the Shearwater

    Destination: Kauai

    dark night of the shearwater postcardBut nights like tonight—the dark nights of the new moon—aren’t so great for the endangered Newell’s Shearwater on Kauai. Especially the fledglings. They fly for their first time around now, leaving their nests high in the mountains and using the reflection of the moon to guide them to the sea. On dark nights, when the moon is new, these fledglings mistake the bright lights of civilization for that of the moon. They circle around areas they shouldn’t be. Areas with electrical lines. Areas with complicated electrical arrays. Tall street lamps. Telephone poles. And exhaustion sets in. Collisions occur. Many birds, mostly chicks, fall from the sky.

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  • Jack's Best Bet for Birding on Hawaii Island

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    hawaii akepa by jack jeffreyJack Jeffrey knows birds. He knows plants. He knows when plants will bloom and what birds will flock to those blossoms like my husband gravitates to chocolate. For 30 years, Jack has roamed the valleys, rainforests and mountains of Hawaii Island studying, observing and photographing Hawaii’s endemic forest birds as wildlife biologist, photographer and all-around birder. Here, he shares his favorite birding spots on Hawaii Island, as well as some exquisite images of Hawaii’s beautiful birds.

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