Our leader was a local bird guide, Lance Tanino, who we have been looking forward to meeting. He is extremely knowledgeable about birding on all of the Hawaiian Islands. We had about 12 folks participating, some were locals and others were visitors from the mainland.
We ended up finding most of our birds at the local waste water treatment plant. Our total species count was just over 40.
Adult Black-crowned Night-Heron
We were lucky to catch this immature Laughing Gull feeding at the waste water ponds. Gulls do not live in the islands. Any gulls you happen to see are passing through for the most part and are usually immature birds. The immature birds that get blown off course and find the islands will typically spend the winter here.
Female and male Lesser Scaup
An endemic flowering shrub that is rare along the Kona coast.
The World is Full of Beauty & Wonder,
Turtle & Hawk