But before I get to the birds, I promised I would tell about all the chickens on Kaua'i. They were everywhere! The first ones I saw were in the parking lot of the rental car place. They are loud too. The roosters make noise at any hour of the day. Apparently there have always been chickens running loose on the island. Then in 1992 Hurricane Iniki destroyed some chicken farms and hundreds of chickens escaped. It doesn't help that its only predators are cats, dogs, and cars. So why did the chicken cross the road? To get to Kaua'i. But seriously, there is a species of bird called Red Junglefowl that look virtually identical to the feral chickens. They can be found in more remote areas and undisturbed forests.
|Japanese White-eye (juvenile)|
|Hawaiian Goose (Nene)|
I also visited Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge to check out the taro fields.
|baby Common Gallinule|
Most surprising was a Snow Goose among the Nene, very rare in June.
|Snow Goose and Nene|