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A Trip Up Waimea Canyon

One of the highlights of any trip to Kaua’i is a drive up Waimea Canyon. This spectacular drive on the western part of the island goes from sea level to above 5000 feet. In addition to beautiful canyon views there are views of the spectacular Na Pali cliffs from Koke’e State Park above the canyon. This year I made the trip twice.

Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from the Mount Wai’ale’ale summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries.

You can get some wonderful views of parts of the canyon before you even get into the park.

View of Waimea Canyon, Koke'e State Park

View of Waimea Canyon

I love this view of Waimea Canyon from Pu’u Hinahina Viewpoint.

View of Waimea Canyon, Puu Hinahina Viewpoint, Kokee State Park

Waimea Canyon, Pu'u Hinahina Viewpoint

There are lovely birds in Waimea Canyon, exotic for me …

Erckel's Francolin, Kalalau Overlook, Kokee State Park

Erckel's Francolin

Red-crested Cardinal, Puu Hinahina Overlook

Red-crested Cardinal

Red-crested Cardinal juvenile, Puu Hinahina Overlook, Kokee State Park

Red-crested Cardinal juvenile

Pacific Golden-Plover, Kalalau Overlook, Kokee State Park

Pacific Golden-Plover

Apapane, Kalalau Overlook, Kokee State Park

'Apapane

Zebra Dove, Kokee State Park

Zebra Dove

… and of course the ubiquitous Kaua’i chickens.

Chickens, Kokee State Park

Chickens devour popcorn in Koke'e State Park

Chickens, Kalalau Lookout, Kokee State Park

A hen and her family at Kalalau Lookout.

As you can tell from the photos, it had been raining off and on that day. At the Kalalau Lookout, which overlooks the Na Pali coast, I saw a beautiful rainbow.

Rainbow, Kalalau Lookout, Kokee State Park

Rainbow seen from the Kalalau Lookout

The view of the Na Pali coast through the clouds at the top of the road at Wai’ale’ale, one of the wettest spots on earth, was spectacular.

Waialeale, Kokee State Park

View from Wai'ale'ale

On the return trip I stopped to take a photo of the huge poinsettia bushes in a front yard. I thought they were gorgeous!

Poinsettias

Poinsettias

I have been a bit slow in getting my photos organized from this trip. I hope to post more this week.

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Kaua’i Birds, a Retrospective

I recently spent almost two weeks on the lovely island of Kaua’i. My son and I relaxed, snorkeled, surfed, body boarded and enjoyed the beautiful sights of the island. I enjoyed the birds on the island too. Here are the birds that I saw and photographed.

These birds waited outside the condo every morning hoping to receive some breakfast:

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), introduced in 1865, native to India.

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), introduced in 1865, native to India.


Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), introduced in 1865, native to India.

Common Myna flying in for a handout.


Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata), introduced in the late 1920's, native to South America.

Red-crested Cardinal (paroaria coronata), introduced in the late 1920's, native to South America.


Pacific Golden Plover, Kolea (Pluvialis fulva), native non-breeding visitor.

Pacific Golden Plover, Kolea (Pluvialis fulva), native non-breeding visitor.


Zebra Doves (Geopilia striata), introduced in the 1920's, native to Southeast Asia.

Zebra Doves (Geopilia striata), introduced in the 1920's, native to Southeast Asia.

There were urban and golf course birds.

Nene (Branta sandwicencensis)

Nene (Branta sandwicencensis). State bird of Hawai'i.


Nene chicks, Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.

Nene chicks, Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii.


Common Moorhen, 'Alae 'ula (Gallinula chloropus) Native Hawai'ian subspecies.

Common Moorhen, 'Alae 'ula (Gallinula chloropus) Native Hawai'ian subspecies.


House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Introduced in late 1800's, native to Europe, Middle East.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Introduced in late 1800's, native to Europe, Middle East.


White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus), introduced in 1931, native to Southeast Asia.

White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus), introduced in 1931, native to Southeast Asia.


White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus), introduced in 1931, native to Southeast Asia.

White-rumped Shama near the Lihue airport.


Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis Cardinalis), introduced in the late 1920's, native to North America.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis Cardinalis), introduced in the late 1920's, native to North America.


Pacific Golden Plover, Kolea, (Pluvialis fulva) native non-breeding visitor.

Pacific Golden Plover, Kolea, (Pluvialis fulva) native non-breeding visitor.


Black-necked Stilt, Hawai'ian Stilt, Ae'o (Himantopus knudseni), native Hawaiian endemic.

Black-necked Stilt, Hawai'ian Stilt, Ae'o (Himantopus knudseni), native Hawaiian endemic.


Cattle Egret (Bulbucus ibis), introduced in the late 1950's.

Cattle Egret (Bulbucus ibis), introduced in the late 1950's.


There were wonderful birds in the mountains.
Erckels Francolin (Francolinus erckelii), introduced in the late 1950's, native to East Africa.

Erckels Francolin (Francolinus erckelii), introduced in the late 1950's, native to East Africa.


'Apapane (Himatione sanguinea), native Hawai'ian bird, endemic.

'Apapane (Himatione sanguinea), sipping nectar from`ohia-lehua blossoms.


When I drove down the mountains to the coastline near Kekaha, there were acres of sunflowers fields. The sunflowers fields were feeding thousands of house finches.
House Finch, Papaya Bird (Carpodacus mexicanus), introduced in mid-19th century, native to North America.

House Finch, Papaya Bird (Carpodacus mexicanus), introduced in mid-19th century, native to North America.


Perhaps my favorite birds were the seabirds. Our trip to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge was memorable.
Great Frigatebird, 'Iwa (Fregata minor), native seabird.

Great Frigatebird, 'Iwa (Fregata minor), native seabird.


Laysan Albatross, Moli (Phoebastria immutabilis) Native Hawai'ian seabird.

Laysan Albatross, Moli (Phoebastria immutabilis) Native Hawai'ian seabird.


Red-footed Booby, 'A (Sula sula), native Hawai'ian seabird.

Red-footed Booby, 'A (Sula sula), native Hawai'ian seabird.


White-tailed Tropicbird, Koa'e Kea (Phaethon lepturus), native Hawai'ian seabird.

White-tailed Tropicbird, Koa'e Kea (Phaethon lepturus), native Hawai'ian seabird.

And of course everywhere we went we saw the Kaua’i chickens. We saw them in the cities …

Rooster in downtown Koloa, Kaua'i.

Rooster in downtown Koloa, Kaua'i.


… and in the mountains.
A hen with a large brood at Kalalau Lookout, Koke'e State Park, Kaua'i.

A hen with a large brood at Kalalau Lookout, Koke'e State Park, Kaua'i.

Other birds which I saw but was not able to photograph or neglected to photograph were: Spotted Dove (Steptopelia chinensis), introduced in the 1870′s, native to Southeast Asia; Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus), introduced in the 1930′s from Japan.

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