As with any vacation, there comes a time when it is time to pack up and head back home. Our trip to Kauai was no different. While we were sad to leave our island paradise, it is always nice to come home. Reflecting upon our visit, my only regret is that we didn’t allocate more time on the island. Certainly 10 days was a nice vacation, but you could find plenty of places to visit and beautiful landscapes to photograph while spending 3 or 4 weeks on the island.
So to wrap up our visit to Kauai, here are a few more photos that didn’t find their way into my previous posts. If you missed my previous posts, you can start here and click your way forward. Click the images to view larger.
No one would be surprised to know that one of my priorities during our visit to Kauai was to photograph Hawaiian birds. One morning I saw a strange looking bird zipping around the bay where we were staying in Poipu. I saw the same bird while we were staying at Kalapaki Beach as well. The bird never seemed to come close enough for a positive identification. I knew it was a seabird, but that’s as far as I could get. However, the next day I was sitting on our lanai with my camera hoping something might fly by when the same bird made several passes right in front of me. One of the passes was just a few yards from where I was sitting. The photographic evidence was very helpful in identifying the bird as a brown booby. A life bird!! I would see another one later that day when we took our Holoholo sunset dinner cruise and again the next day at Kilauea Point.
On one of the mornings when I was on the lava shelf shooting sunrise, there were a pair of shorebirds preening and hunting very close to me. After sunrise fizzled, I took out the 100-400mm lens and started taking some images of these two shorebirds. The first bird was a Pacific golden plover. Not a life bird for me as I had seen and photographed them on our last visit to Kauai. But it was still nice to see one in some beautiful morning light.
The prize of the morning was a wandering tattler. This was another life bird for me and I had suspected that there were some on the lava shelf when I arrived before dawn, but I couldn’t see them in the predawn light. I was thrilled when the sun came up and this one stayed on the lava shelf and began hunting for his breakfast. It looks like he found a morsel to start his day.
Finally, what blog post about birds on Kauai would be complete without a photo of the most ubiquitous bird on the island. The red junglefowl may not be a name you recognize, but you certainly recognize the bird. Yes, it is a rooster. The island is crawling with chickens. You can’t go anywhere on Kauai without seeing chickens. As the story goes, when hurricane Iniki struck the island in 1992, the 145 mph winds destroyed many chicken coops all over the island. The result was scores of free range chickens roaming the island. Since that time, their numbers have increased to the point that chickens are almost as common as other people on the island…even on the beach!
Although it is sad to wrap up my series of blog posts on our vacation, I do have wonderful memories of our time there. I’m already dreaming of going back again.