The native Hawaiian forest birds have been decimated, as I recounted in December in previous bulletins.
There were 3 of these birds on the Big Island that we missed on our previous trip, so we hired a guide, Jack Jeffrey, to take us to the Hakalau Forest NWR. Jack was, for many years, the resident biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Hakalau. This refuge is only open at certain times to the public, but guides have access virtually any time. As you can see on their web site, Jack took all the photos and is an excellent photographer. You can reach Jack by email firstname.lastname@example.org
All 3 of our target species were in the refuge. It is very definitely a rain forest as it rained almost all day of our visit. We were soaked before we even got there! Below 4000' elevation, Hakalau receives 250" rain annually, but above it is only 150". There are endangered plants as well, including some lobelias that Jack showed us that have less than 5 plants existing in the world.
The first bird is the Hawaii Creeper (Oreomystis mana). This small (5") endangered bird is olive to gray above and lighter below. It has a dark mask and straight bill. It is an insectivore, and creeps nuthatch-like up and down tree trunks and branches. Here is one that caught a large caterpillar. It is endemic to the Big Island.
|Akepa - male|
|Iiwi - adult|
|Ohia - yellow flowers|
|Apapane - adult|
|Apapane - juvenile|
|Hawaii Amakihi - male|
|Hawaii Amakihi - juvenile|
|Green Sea Turtle or Honu|
Happy birding and photography,
David McDonald email@example.com
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