Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

On Wednesday we drove up north again, past Hanalei to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, the northernmost point on Kaua’i. We were looking forward to seeing frigates, albatrosses, and other birds as well as perhaps getting glimpses of whales. We were not disappointed.

Nene were everywhere, and we were able to get good looks at their feet, which are less webbed than those of other geese and which have claws for climbing on the lava rock.

Nene, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii

Nene, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kaua'i, Hawai'i, showing detail of feet.

The first thing we noticed were trees full of Red-footed Boobies.

Red-footed Boobies, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

Red-footed Boobies, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Despite their name, these birds are beautiful and graceful in flight.

Red-footed Booby, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

Red-footed Booby flies overhead at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Red-footed Boobies in flight, Kilauea Point NWR, Kauai, Hawaii.

A pair of Red-footed Boobies in flight, Kilauea Point NWR.

The huge Great Frigatebirds were amazing to watch as they flew overhead.

Great Frigatebird in flight, Kilauea Point NWR, Kauai, Hawaii.

Great Frigatebird Kilauea Point NWR.

Great Frigatebird in flight, Kilauea Point NWR, Kauai, Hawaii.

Great Frigatebird, another view.

Great Frigatebird in flight, Kilauea Point NWR, Kauai, Hawaii.

Great Frigatebird in flight, viewed from above.

We watched a flying duel between a Red-footed Booby and a Great Frigatebird.

Great Frigatebird and Red-footed Booby duel near Kilauea Point at Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

Great Frigatebird and Red-footed Booby duel near Kilauea Point.


Great Frigatebird and Red-footed Booby duel near Kilauea Point at Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

The duel continues.


Great Frigatebird and Red-footed Booby duel near Kilauea Point at Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

The frigate chases the booby back to the safety of the flock.


We saw many Laysan Albatross, but they fly so quickly that I was not able to get a good image of one. They look like flying tanks.
Laysan Albatross at Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

Laysan Albatross

We were able to see migrating Humpback Whales off the point, but they were fairly far away.

Migrating Humpback Whale off Kilauea Point at Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

There's a whale there. Really.

We saw many more whales and other sea mammals on our catamaran outing the next day.

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9 responses to “Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

  1. Nice set of pictures Linda,
    I really like the Great Frigatebird
    and the Whale Pic :-)

  2. Wow! Sounds like a glorious day of birding and whale watching! A wonderful series of images … especially the in flight shots. Fantastic!

  3. Sounds fantastic, and great therapy! Love the photos..reminds me of Mexico

  4. Nice shots from beautiful Hawaii! Wish I was there.

  5. Great shots – love travelling with you – you share such amazing things… thanks – hope you have even more adventures in “wild” Hawaii to show us!

  6. Shaina Niehans

    That was fantastic! Thanks for sharing all that wonderfulness!

  7. I like your boobies.

    and the frigatebirds, they rock.

    cheers,
    steve :)

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