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In the Shadow of the Ohia Rainforest
Kalalau Lookout, Kaua‘i

(note: this is a quick detour from the saimin shop to enter my "shadow" challenge)

About 4000 feet above sea-level there is a bit of native upland rainforest dominated mainly by the Ohia tree canopy. This lookout, near the end of the Waimea Canyon road is one of the few places that is easily accessible and where humans often can see rare native birds. I have to admit, I have only seen fleeting glimpses of any live native Hawaiian birds. Here, right in the center of the photo, is a dark pear-shaped blob with legs which is the only proof that I saw one. I believe it was an apapane. This one decided to stop and sing for us. The little bird happily twittered and flitted from tree to tree. It sipped its nectar from the matching red ohia blossoms. Its song filling the fog filled air. It may have been a dream... but I sure hope it was real. I don't know when I'll have the chance to see another apapane again.

Here's what the bird should look like:
http://www.stanford.edu/~petelat1/apapane.html
Here's some rather detailed information about the apapane:
http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/rsl/projects/wild/fancy1.pdf

This is my entry for the "Shadow" challenge.
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Apr 13 2005 00:28 GMT curves PRO
nice entry....
Apr 13 2005 00:59 GMT PennyLane PRO
thanks agian for some very cool info! i checked out the link and i, too, would be excited if i saw one of them. could you actually see the red color of the bird?
Apr 13 2005 05:46 GMT grenthal
very nice pic!
Apr 13 2005 05:58 GMT Pueo PRO
Yes, I was really excited to see it. I could actuallysee the red color and the general shape (I meant "pear-shaped" in my description above but typed "bear-shaped" I've fixed it now). Unfortunately the camera didn't capture it as well as i could see it. I tried to get a picture of the bird while it was on a red ohia blossom but they move so fast.

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