Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Rob writes: Yesterday, my wife and I landed in Maui around 4:30 in the afternoon. We had to wait for my sister-in-law to arrive so we headed off to do a little birding at Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary near the airport to pass the time.

As soon as I opened the door, I could here Ae'o (Black-necked Stilt)! On the short walk out to the shelter, we saw many more Ae'o, 'Auku'u (Black-crowned Night-Heron), and ʻalae keʻokeʻo (Hawaiian Coot).

We found a couple of Black Noddies sitting on some poles in the middle of the marsh and then I spotted some shorebirds that were a little too far away without my scope so I ran back to the jeep to get it. When I got back and set the scope up, I saw more Pacific Golden-Plovers than I have ever seen before!

We ended up getting 12 species in a little over an hour. This morning, we took a walk along the beach by our hotel and enjoyed watching a ton of whales not too far offshore!


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