There is a variety of wildlife here on Maui. We have seen the whales each morning and maybe tomorrow we’ll be taking a boat tour for whale watching.
The funny thing is seeing birds from home here on the island, house sparrows are as common and numerous here as at home. Northern cardinals are also here, but seeing them on the beach is very strange. Stranger yet, was the fact that very large turtles are just a few dozen feet off shore. Along with our Northern Cardinal is one I am not familiar, the Red Crested Cardinal shown above. I believe they are native to the islands.
I will show the shorebirds on Nature and Wildlife Pics shortly. Today we visited the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Many of the birds are ones that visit us in spring at breeding time. Don’t miss the post on the shorebirds, they are really pretty birds.
Like the cardinals, many other birds were grabbing food that tourists tossed their way as we sat on the beach. In the waters along the beach, the sea turtles were swimming among the coral reefs.
There were colorful fish, but the waters were not clear enough for photographs unless the fish was right in front of the camera. I was fortunate enough to have the turtle let me swim right up to it while it was feeding and I was snorkeling.
That is my friend snorkeling and the beach where we were. She brought along the equipment for us, but only doing this once before, I was not very comfortable in the flippers and chose not to use them. It was actually easier to swim amongst the coral reefs.
Stay tuned for images on both blogs. I have some really neat images that I took in Seattle too.