Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Pacific Goldie

Pacific golden plover, or kolea, is an abundant winter visitor to Hawaii. Indeed, it was one of the first birds I saw on our first morning on the Big Island. Their abundance is, for a UK birder, brilliant - with birds noted on garden lawns, roadsides, garage roofs and golf courses. Another advantage for me was their boldness - this species was quite happy to feed among sunbathers in our resort, so photography was a relative ease (other than curious holiday makers and, er, hotel security, enquiring about the camera equipment being used!) All of the photographs presented here were taken in the hotel grounds.

The birds were often very territorial, immediately chasing other pgps' away from their own feeding patch. When feeding the birds would often run a short distance, stop, then pick a grub out of the grass... then do it all again.

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