|The 'Iao Needle|
When we visited Maui five years ago on our honeymoon, we had tried to bird at a National Wildlife Refuge on the island called Kealia Pond. At the time, there were many access issues and a visitor center had yet to be built on the property. It is now a completely different place! The new visitor center is spectacular, and the birding on the property is much easier and more productive.
|The welcome sign at the refuge.|
|Ever wondered what a coot looks like underwater? Now you know!|
|This was a very neat display with some very sad statistics.|
During the winter months, some shorebirds and ducks also frequent the refuge. It was rather interesting to see several species that we are very familiar with on the mainland, just hanging out in the beautiful Hawaiian weather to escape the terrible winter back home - just like we were doing.
|Me at the Kanuimanu Ponds|
|A'eo or Hawaiian Stilt|
|'Alae ke'oke'o or Hawaiian Coot|
|'Ulili or Wandering Tattler|
The refuge is also home to many exotic species. We did not see all that many exotics on our visit to the property, but it's a well-known place to find Orange-checked Waxbill and others.
We really enjoyed our time at the refuge and will definitely be stopping back in to do more birding next time we are on Maui!