Monthly Archives: December 2010
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.
The first thing we noticed were trees full of Red-footed Boobies.
Despite their name, these birds are beautiful and graceful in flight.
The huge Great Frigatebirds were amazing to watch as they flew overhead.
We watched a flying duel between a Red-footed Booby and a Great Frigatebird.
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.
We were able to see migrating Humpback Whales off the point, but they were fairly far away.
We saw many more whales and other sea mammals on our catamaran outing the next day.
For various reasons my son Eric and I decided to avoid the entire idea of Christmas this year. We decided that a complete change of scenery would be a good way to accomplish our goal. When I considered Kaua’i I envisioned beautiful flowers and white sand beaches. They are here, and they are lovely. What I did not envision was the abundance of feral chickens. The locals find them annoying, but Eric and I think they’re delightful. Here are some local residents: