On the windward side of Oahu near Kailua, Kawainui Marsh is a great place for a long easy stroll and a peek at the wildlife.
With more than 800 acres, the marsh is the largest wetland in the Hawaiian Islands. It’s an easy walk along the levy, with great views of the Koolau Mountains.
One of several Kolea that were out and about.
The Cattle Egret is a pretty common sight.
On the hunt.
Looks like a Common Waxbill.
About halfway through the marsh.
Look close and you will see an ‘auku‘u toward the rear of the water hyacinth at center.
This ‘auku‘u was on to something.
A nice juicy catfish!
It wasn’t giving up without a fight.
But there was never any doubt who would win.
An endangered ‘alae ‘ula was also on the hunt.
Must look yummy.
Another ‘alae ‘ula out for a stroll.
And a young ‘alae ‘ula cries for attention.
Mommy is nearby.
“What’s the problem?”
“Okay, pipe down already.”
A shama thrush in the brush.
Bright orange belly.
And another cattle egret.
Beautiful day at Kawainui Marsh.