I have the pleasure of showing off my star pupil, my new wife Lisa. She has been taking photos that are as equal quality and sometimes better than mine!
In the last bulletin, I described how the endemic species of Hawaii were decimated and some were driven to extinction by the arrival of humans and their baggage of domestic animals, agriculture etc.
The islands were repopulated with many non-native bird species from around the world. Several of our familiar songbirds were introduced including the Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Western Meadowlark, and of course the ubiquitous House Sparrow of European origin. Fortunately at least they did not import the Starling! I did not bother to photograph these species. I concentrated on the birds from elsewhere, many of which are very beautiful.
The most stunning of the birds was the Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola). This bird was introduced in the 1960s and is native to South America (where I have also seen it). The male is bright yellow with reddish orange on the face. These birds were all around our hotel and a real delight.
|Saffron Finch - male|
Photo by Lisa Kelly-McDonald
|Saffron Finch - female|
|Saffron Finch - juvenile|
|Yellow-billed Cardinal - adult|
|Yellow-billed Cardinal - juvenile|
The Nutmeg Mannikin (Lonchura punctulata) is the same gunus as the above bird. It was introduced in 1865 from Southeast Asia. It has a brown back, and speckled brown breast with the dark bill. This bird also occurs in the USA as escaped caged birds, although I have not seen it here. The sexes are similar.
|Java Sparrow - adult|
|Java Sparrow - juvenile|
|Japanese White-eye - male|
Happy birding and photography,
photos copyright 2012 David McDonald
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