Yesterday's activity was a bird watching tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail: a highly-recommended operation that lived up to its reputation. We were very lucky to have a beautiful sunny day with views of distant mountains.
|We started along the old saddle road where Hawaiian owls often|
sit on the fence posts.
|We had almost given up when this Pueo -- the native owl -- flew past us and landed near the fence, just as we had hoped.|
|Next stop: the Pu'u La'u trail at a wildlife and game refuge|
where rare Hawaiian birds live. Vests are just in case a hunter was around.
|We saw this normally elusive bird, the Palila, once nearly extinct,|
as well as several others.
|Next stop: the Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, happily above the|
mosquito line which is good for both birds and people.
We walked there for several hours on lava trails through woods and
open land, each location with a different feel and appearance.
|In an open area we watched two I'os -- native hawks -- |
screaming as they hunted.
|Lunchtime in a little forest spot with mossy tree trunks.|