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Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Alright, I had great intentions of bloging at least once a month. I can't seem to do that. It's so crazy! I still bird watch everywhere I go. I have a ton of new pictures but I'm just distracted with two beautiful grandkids that are too cute or their own good and of course.....Tennis! My other obsession. I'm probably the other person that can be playing a tennis match and still maintain a birdwatching hobby at the same time. I know that's out of control. I was playing a match out in La Cresta on a ladies private court when I stopped the game because I saw a Kingfisher fly by and land in a tree next to the court. 

I just got back from a couple weeks in Kauai. It is one of my favorite places to stay. I play tennis every morning and then birdwatch in the evenings. My goal this trip was to see a Hawaiian owl or called the Short-eared Owl. We drove to the Barking Sands area on the West side of the island just before sunset. We drove on several miles of dirt roads and pasted by lots of dry fields of grass. "This is a perfect place for an owl", I commented as I was scanning for the Hawaiian Owl. My 3 year old grandson was not convinced that the Hawaiian owl even exisited, after two weeks of us looking for one and having no luck. "There are no owls here grandma", he said. Then out of no where came an owl flying right in front of our car. It was awesome! Not just because I saw the Hawaiian Owl but it also showed that grandma is always right. *LOL* I didn't get a very good picture but I got one good enough that I could identify it was for sure as a Short-eared Owl. I will share a picture I took near the Taro Fields on the north side of the Island in Hanalei. We were driving back into the reserve area and this little guy landed on a sign next to our car, we stopped and he visited with us for several minutes. Very cute! He is a White-Rumped Shama.


9:58 pm pdt 

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