Saturday, October 6, 2007

Friends in Hawaii

Our dear friends Vencka and Louis have been in Hawaii the last few weeks. We're so glad that they are on their way back! But we must admit to being a wee bit jealous that among the fun, they saw a few birds we never have. :)

This is a Nene (pronounced "nay-nay," according to our extensive research) or Hawaiian Goose. It's the state bird of Hawaii, and has come close to extinction several times.

What a handsome fellow! Vencka is a great shutter-bug, no?

She and Louis also sent along this picture. They say this bird is prevelant all over the islands. BirdCouple can't quite make it out.. Sort of looks like a Cattle Egret, but too big. More like a Great Egret, but they don't have those brownish nape feathers. At least not around here...

Finally, they saw some chickens that have gone wild. Love that little chick.

Conclusion? BirdCouple must go to Hawaii!
Welcome home, Vencka and Louis!!!!


Anonymous said...

Hey there...I've been an avid reader of your blog for a while now, as I am also a bird geek. Warren, you were GREAT on Diane Rehm!


Patrick B. said...

Not sure what it would be besides a Cattle Egret. They do occur in Hawaii.

We should mention all of the birds none of us will ever get to see because of all of the extinct species in Hawaii. It's very unfortunate.

Anonymous said...

That does look like a cattle egret. I've got to get to Hawaii too, although not for the egret, chicken, or other invasives!

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Anonymous - Wow, many thanks. I didn't think I was so hot on the DR show, but appreciate the comment!

Glad you enjoy the blog...

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Patrick - I guess we were hoping it was something other than a Cattle Egret... They are EVERYWHERE. Warren has seen them in the US, Central America, Egypt, etc. One of the most widespread birds in the world, I believe. And invasive.

Hopefully, the goose is not invasive. Either way, it's a pretty bird.

Good Birding!