Scenic Kawainui Marsh nature walk

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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.

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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.

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One of several Kolea that were out and about.

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The Cattle Egret is a pretty common sight.

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On the hunt.

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Looks like a Common Waxbill.

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And another.

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About halfway through the marsh.

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Look close and you will see an ‘auku‘u toward the rear of the water hyacinth at center.

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This ‘auku‘u was on to something.

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A nice juicy catfish!

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It wasn’t giving up without a fight.

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But there was never any doubt who would win.

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An endangered ‘alae ‘ula was also on the hunt.

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Must look yummy.

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Another ‘alae ‘ula out for a stroll.

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And a young ‘alae ‘ula cries for attention.

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Mommy is nearby.

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“What’s the problem?”

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“Okay, pipe down already.”

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Happy family.

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A shama thrush in the brush.

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Bright orange belly.

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Another kolea.

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And another cattle egret.

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Beautiful day at Kawainui Marsh.

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