Birds of Hawaii #7: Spotted Dove

Also known as the Mountain Dove, Lace-necked Dove or Chinese Dove, it’s been cooing in Hawai’i since the mid-1800’s. This dove is much larger than the zebra dove but definitely not as tolerant of humans. It’s rarely found in large flocks as are the other doves. Its nests year-round on tree platforms where it lays 2 eggs during each attempt.

Interesting Facts: One of the few alien birds that can survive in native forests. The forest doves usually have much darker plumage than their city counterparts. 

These photos were taken through a screen door which causes them to be a little “soft.”

Maralee

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Miranda Friday: An Unexpected Visitor

My co-worker has been bringing her new puppy, Nika, into the office this week while they are training her. She is one of numerous rescue dogs from a dog meat farm in South Korea. Miranda doesn’t seem to be too bothered by her being here, although she is keeping a wary eye on Nika.

Maralee

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Waiting for High Tide

This was taken on the sandbar in the middle of Kaneohe Bay during low tide.  I just loved the setting and this boat was crying to be photographed.

Maralee

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Birds of Hawaii #6: Red-Crested Cardinal

The Red-Crested Cardinal, or Brazilian Cardinal, was introduced to Hawaii from South American around 1930.  An interesting fact that I read is that notwithstanding its similar name, this bird is not closely related to the true cardinal family. It is called the Red Kramer, named after the character on Seinfeld, due to its similar “hairdo”.

You could have fooled me.

Maralee

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Birds of Hawaii #5: Red-Vented Bulbul

The Red-Vented Bulbul is an invasive species which was illegally released into the wild on Oahu in the mid-1950’s. It is illegal to transport them to any of the other islands.They have done a lot of damage to the orchid industry on Oahu.

Maralee

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