A Golden Plover

Though I’ve spent considerable time looking for Golden Plovers in flocks of shorebirds, I’ve never seen one until our trip to Hawaii. While talking to the biologist at the Botanical Garden she mentioned that there were two birds that I could find nearby. One of them was the Golden Plover, a bird that I associate with the beach. Luckily, she told me to look for them on the well-groomed lawns or I would never have seen them.

It didn’t take long to see one emerging from the hedge that lined the resort .

Luckily, it seemed indifferent to people so I managed to get a few good shots both coming

and going.

It was definitely an unexpected treat.

Color Me Surprised

I’ll have to admit that I was very surprised by the birds I saw on Maui. When this bird showed up in the parking lot, at first I thought it must be some exotic tropical species. But the more I looked at it, the more I thought it must be a Cardinal,

a bird I’ve never seen but identify with the East. Turns out they were imported about 1929. 


I’d never seen a Red-Crested Cardinal

before, either, but they aren’t a native species either, having been imported from South America in the 30’s.

I worked hard to get a decent shot of these two, thinking I’d never see another one, but a few days later both a male

and female Cardinal Cardinal

landed next to us to eat a piece of bread someone had left on a nearby rock

.

On our last full day on the island this Red-Crested Cardinal landed on the extra chair at our table.

I’ll have to admit that if I’d known what birds to expect I would probably have brought a different camera with a better lens. There’s definitely a reason I’ve invested so much money on camera and lenses as I’ve gotten more interested in birding.

Who’s Zooming Who?

The most interesting part of our last trip to Theler was nearly impossible to present as photographs. It required video but I hate hand-held video and I'm not about to carry a tripod with me on my walks.

So, I started looking for alternatives, beginning with slide shows. After several days of searching I found numerous ways to embed slide shows in my blog, but most of them demanded more effort and time than I have at the moment (not to mention they required coding skills I probably lack.)

I settled on Metaslider which can be used as a WordPress plugin and it's fairly straightforward. I have no idea how Facebook will mangle the results, but I thought I would give it a try.

So, here is a series of shots I took of Buffleheads engaging in mating rituals (I'm pretty sure), though it often appears to be pure chaos at times.