‘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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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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