Friday, December 2, 2022

A TRIO OF BIRDS TAKEN ON A TRIP TO HAWAII ...

...which is an old blog share from 2008.  I am always fascinated with the birds I see when traveling away from home, and we don't have to go too far to see different ones even a short drive away.  However, today I am sharing three from Hawaii.
I am starting off with the Warbling white-eye (Zosterops japonicus). Also known as the Maejiro, it was introduced to Oahu in 1929 from Japan. It's a common small bird in the city as well as the forest and nests from February to November. The nest is a small cup of woven fibers and grass. The eggs incubate for 11 days and then fledge after 9 or 10 days. The Warbling white-eye at a distance looks very similar to the native Amaki'i. It's easily distinguished, however, by the white circle around the eye. The Amaki'i has a black circle. 

This is the Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild) This bird is only found on Oahu. It was introduced from Africa sometime in the late 1970's. This bird is very shy. It travels in large groups of individuals that are most easily recognized by their call as they fly away. The easiest place to see them is in large open grass fields where they are found eating weed seeds.


Red-crested cardinal (Paroaria coronata), is also known as the Brazilian Cardinal, it was introduced around 1930 from South America. It feeds on seeds, plant matter, insects and fruit.  
Look for this bird traveling in family groups. If you see a bird with a brown crest and black bill, it's a juvenile. Observe the unique interaction of the juvenile with the parents. Often, the juveniles will wait for the adult to pick up the food and give it to them, even though they are the same size!







44 comments:

  1. Quite different looking from ours! I love the white ring around the Warbling White Eye's eyes! And this Cardinal, goodness. Only looks like a cardinal from the neck up. The body looks like it was dipped in bleach!

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    1. Yes they are :) and you made me smile with your description of the Cardinal. He is a bit different with his feather pattern isn’t he?

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    1. I agree Margaret and I remember seeing them for the very first time when I took these photos, magical moment :)

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  3. Birds are feathered enchantment aren't they? The world over.

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    1. They certainly are Sue, feathered enchantment? Great description, so true :)

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  4. These are all wonderful. That cardinal is my favorite though

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them Ann, and the cardinal is a beauty :)

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  5. I love the photo of the waxbill that is straight on the face. Picture Post card material.

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  6. I have never seen any of them...they are really beautiful and elegant.

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    1. I agree Angie, beautiful and elegant as you aptly say :)

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  7. Beautiful collection of birds Denise. Love the photos! Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, much appreciated and I wish you the same :)

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  8. It's lovely to see birds from different places around the world. I remember the first time we travelled to the Caribbean and saw a hummingbird, it took me a while to register what it was. Even in our own countries we see different birds when we travel to different areas.

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    1. It certainly is Jo, I was on a holiday also when I saw my first hummingbird. Yes, even in our own country when we travel :)

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  9. I'm not inclined to travel these days. Thanks for bringing the birds to us!

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    1. You are very welcome Jenn. I am not traveling at all right now, so it's nice to go into the archives :)

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  10. the cardinal looks like I played with him in picmonkey. started red and ended up red, black and white. the red eye are so cute... have never seen these for sure

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    1. I can see that Sandra :) The only time I have ever seen them is on our few trips to Hawaii. They are all over the place, like our own Cardinals.

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  11. That's amazing!! That Red Crested Cardinal is amazing. I've never seen such a bird.

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  12. I was amazed at the different tropical birds I saw. You have photographed three and I didn't know their names. The one bird I was most interested in was the ne ne and I saw them.

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    1. I am glad I was able to identify them for you Red. The ne ne is wonderful too.

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  13. You and David G. have birds in common. It's good for me, because I don't see birds like yours in Hawaii.

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    1. Hi Gigi, always fun to see different birds in different places :)

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  14. Lovely photos and how nice to see photos of birds that I will never get to see. Keep well, Diane

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  15. Interesting birds. I do like that cardinal!

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    1. Hi Linda, I thought so too and yes, I felt the same way about the cardinal.

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  16. In the early spring, white-eyes fly to trees of camellias to get nectar.

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    1. Thank you Roughterrain Crane, that is very interesting :)

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  17. Goodness gracious these are fabulous photos, Denise. Thank you for sharing your identification of each one! They are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen, and you are very welcome :)

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  18. it is always interesting to see what birds are considered "common" in other areas. such beautiful birds and your images are outstanding...i enjoyed the information you shared as well!!

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    1. I agree Debbie, I don’t think they are common at all :) Thank you so much and happy you enjoyed.

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  19. A lovely and colorful trio, Denise, and thanks for sharing the photos and information.

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    1. Thank you and you are very welcome Dorothy, glad you enjoyed :)

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  20. I'd love to go birding in Hawaii! Thank you for sharing these beauties.

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    1. You are very welcome Sallie, I hope you get to go birding in Hawaii one day. Having said that I remember all the gorgeous birds down in Florida. I was in seventh heaven observing the many I saw, and so different to what I see up here :)

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