Owls in the early morning
Aloha everyone! Today we woke up early to check owl activity. Nothing like enjoying the flight of some Pueos at sunrise. What a nice landscape! I'm glad we had tons of coffee with us though!
Pueo, bird collections and the Bishop Museum
Today we visited the bird collections of the Bishop Museum. They have a great number of interesting species (including the extinct Hawaiian honey-creepers!), but mostly important to us, they have several Pueo specimens (some of them more than 100 years old). So we tested our bird ID skills, especially sexing and ageing, and now we are ready to identify any Pueo that we might encounter! Here one secret insider... the most important clue to age them is the central tail feathers
Owlets, waterbirds and other wildlife
When we go to the field, we not only get the chance to see Pueo. Normally we are surrounded by great wildlife. Here just an example of last week visit to MCBH. some seaturtles, waterbirds... and the star of the day... a Pueo owlet! Special thanks to Dr. Melissa Price for the photos, and to Afsheen Siddiqui, Emily Bjerre and Lance Bookless.
Let the search begin!
The Pueo search has started. So far we have spotted Pueo at two of the wetland/marshes, but with the help of the local community we hope to find Pueo in some other places! Today we didn't find any Pueo at Kawainui marsh, but we hope to find it there. Last week, on the other hand, the luck was on our side, and we could see (and photograph) a Pueo, at MCBH. Here is the testimonial photo If you have any recent sighting, please let us know!