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I took all of these photos except for the Hamakua Marsh sign in March 2009. I planned to take more photos of the sign, but it started to rain pretty hard that day. The Alae 'Ula sign is a cropped version of the Hamakua Marsh sign. I cropped it so that the information about the 'Alae 'Ula Hawaiian Moorhen bird would be easier to read.

Part of the Hamakua Marsh is located right behind Down to Earth, a health food store that I shop at when in Kailua (on Oahu). I usually check out the birds at this wetland marsh whenever I stop at Down to Earth, even if I don't have my camera with me. This was the first time I have seen an Auku'u Black-Crowned Night Heron. I was pretty excited and so grateful that I had my camera with me that day. I have not seen the Ae‘o and the ‘Alae Ke‘oke‘o birds yet.

Comments (16)

girasoli, what lovely bird shots!
Happy weekend and thanksgiving holiday:)


Gorgeous shots of such beautiful birds!!!

That is a beautiful heron and so different from the ones I see here. I love the sharp colors and you did an excellent job capturing his beauty.

Great photos, G. I don't think that place existed when I lived in Kailua many years ago, or it would have been a favorite of mine as well. Happy Thanksgiving! m

Those are GREAT photos. What a stunning bird!

Thanks everyone.

Marta, you will have to check this place out. It isn't too far from where you will be staying.

menehune, I am not sure how long it has been around. I am guessing longer than when the Down to Earth store was built in Kailua. It might have been that there was no access to get close to the birds until then.

Wow what an amazing birdi! Happy weekend


girasoli, your photos are wonderful! I love the contrast of the grey/white bird against the greenery. No wonder you love this place!!

Lovwe these photos. Especially the face. Great shot!


Ok trying this again. I sent a comment last night... but it probably went into the limbo of cyberspace... IB challenges.

Your shots of the heron looked so much like the "promo" photo... I had to do a double take to check it out. You did a great job on photographing some of the birds featured!

Great shots of the heron. They are amazing birds to me with their enormous wing span.

Your photos of these two birds are beautiful and they are both stunning birds.

Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving!


What beautiful bird photos!

Thank you for sharing them with us.

Great photos of some unusual birds!

Soooo glad our blogs are working again. Hope you have a great holiday this week!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Girasoli, wonderful collection of photos and great choices for this week's theme. I love all the angles of your shots and they are so crisp. They are beautiful birds. I love the red beak.

Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holidays!

Thanks again everyone :)

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