Hawaii,   November   2015

Red-crested Cardinal   -   These were the most striking of the the birds we saw on Maui. They are reportedly seen on the other islands but we only saw them on Maui.


Yellow-billed Cardinal   - We spotted this cardinal on the Big Island. At first glance we thought this was the Red-crested Cardinal but apparently the Yellow-billed Cardinal, native to South America, was introduced to the Hawaiian islands. Challenging to photograph, Al managed to get this photo with his iPod.

Common Waxbill   -   These are frequently seen on Oahu and were recently reported on Maui. Native to Africa they were first identified in Hawaii in the 1970's, the date of their introduction is unknown.

Spotted Dove   -   These are seen in abundance on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii where they range from sea level to 8,000 feet.

Zebra Dove   -   These doves, introduced from Asia in 1922 are plentiful on all of the main islands.

Common Myna   -   Introduced from India in the 1880's supposedly to control insect pests, this is one of the first birds visitors will see because they hang around airports and hotels on all of the islands. They behave similar to the European Starling and they tend to gather in noisy roosts at night.

Wandering Tattler   -   We saw only one of these, in a pond on Maui. They are a common winter visitor, returning in late April to their breeding grounds in Alaska.

Pacific Golden-Plover - These tiny birds, spangled with gold, migrate down from the Arctic tundra where they breed and spend the warmer months.

Hawaiian Coot - Similar to the American Coot, these have a larger white head bulb.

Red Junglefowl - Introduced for food by Polynesian colonists the Red Junglefowl interbred with feral and domestic chickens. While we can't be sure that the bird on the left is a true Red Junglefowl we include it here because they are frequently observed in Hawaii and are often a topic of conversation.

Black-necked Stilt - We saw these endangered birds on Maui in a protected area where birders are allowed to see them. Sadly they are suffering from a loss of habitat.

Black Swan - This swan was in view near our hotel on Oahu. We had seen them in Australia where they are very common so this one caught our eye. After much research we can't find any indication that Black Swans are anywhere in Hawaii. We think they were purchased for a private garden. Perhaps this one slipped away?

The next day we saw a Black Swan in its more usual setting. Five more were in the ponds along a golf course.

Black-crowned Night-Heron - The Fairmont Orchid Hotel on the Kona Coast of the Big Island (Hawaii) had a spotlight shining on a reef in the evenings near where we had dinner. We observed three of these herons as they came to search the water for food. We didn't see them catch anything but they returned the next night.

Brewer's Blackbird - We first saw these in Palm Desert, CA, but we had never seen one perched like this in a tree.

Female Brewer's Blackbird

Rock Dove - Common on all of the main islands it was first introduced in Hawaii in 1796.

Cattle Egrets - These are widespread throughout the islands where they frequent fields, roadsides, pastures, watercress ponds and taro patches. Often traveling in large flocks they will nest in mangroves or kiawe trees.

House Sparrow - These are quite abundant on the islands. Native to Eurasia they were brought from New Zealand and released on Oahu in 1871.

We saw two species from the road that we couldn't photograph because of no turnout space and heavy traffic. One was the Ring-necked Pheasant. The other was the Nene (Hawaiian Goose), which is Hawaii's state bird. This photo of the Nene is from a website.

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