Wild peacock struts his stuff

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There are a few neighborhoods on Oahu where wild peacocks are quite common, even considered by some to be a nuisance because of their squawking and droppings.

We don’t see them very often, so it was nice to catch a glimpse of this one on a trail where I’ve never seen them before.

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‘Electric’ parakeets brighten the trees

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Flash at night gave this wild Rose-ringed Parakeet some bright color and made it look almost neon.

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Their colors aren’t quite as striking in natural light, but they are still very bright.  This one had a nice blue tail that matched the sky.

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They make a nice couple.

A wild cockatoo or two

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I swear it looks like he’s smiling.

Several wild cockatoos live in the rear of Manoa Valley.

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Credible folklore says they are remnants of the old Paradise Park tourist attraction that featured exotic birds riding bicycles and that sort of thing until it went out of business in the 1990s.

Bruno Mars lived in a small cottage there with his father for a time, and remnants of the park were later used for sets to film the TV series “Lost.”

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The cockatoos screech pretty loud, but you don’t always actually see them.  It’s a treat when you do.

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Beware the deadly Dragon’s Breath

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It’s always nice to the see the blow holes below the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail when they’re really pumping out spray.  Some people call it Dragon’s Breath, and refer to the side by side blow holes as the Dragon’s Nostrils.

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It’s been a few years since I’ve hiked down the hill to dip in the beautiful tide pools and see the Dragon’s Breath up close.  It’s not a hard hike, but the area can be deadly dangerous when the waves are acting wild.  This was not the day.

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a school

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Ran into a whole school of Humus near the War Memorial Natatorium in Waikiki.

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They’re our official State Fish and they’re pretty common, but you don’t always see a whole school right by the shoreline.

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It was a little breezy so the water was choppy, but at least it was nice and clear.

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The Natatorium has been slowly crumbling for decades.  The famous arch is still in pretty good shape though.

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“The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.”

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But the old Natatorium keeps crumbling away.

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