April 27, 2016
One of the reasons I decided to make Hawaii home was the natural beauty. From the beaches to mountains, the islands show off nature in ways I’ve never seen or experienced. Inspired by the many beautiful and songful birds, I created the Birds of a Feather photo jewelry collection.
My Mom and Dad enjoy bird watching in Oregon which has given me an appreciation for the birds of Hawaii like the laysan albatross, white-rumped shama, and the kolea. And since Mother’s Day is coming up I thought I would write a post on something she would appreciate!
The laysan albatross are monogamous birds that mate for life. If one of the pair dies, they will likely not find a new mate. How sweet.
The couple shares mating responsibilities beginning with the female who sits for a couple of days until the male takes over. He sits for as long as three weeks awaiting the arrival of baby laysan albatross.
Chicks hatch from late January to mid-February and live off a diet of flying fish eggs and fat-rich squid oil provided by their parents. Nests are made of grass, dirt, and shrubbery that is piled into mounds to form a nest cup.
Don’t worry about disturbing them if you walk by their nest, but be mindful and carful as you do… they won’t move out of your way!
Laysan albatross like to people watch. They’ll be observing you as much as you’re observing them. And if you catch them out of their nest, take a minute to watch them walk. They waddle their beautiful black and white bodies. So fun to watch!
If you’re hiking in Hawaii, keep an eye and ear out for the singing white-rumped shama. The males are glossy black with a brown belly and white feathers on the rump and outer tail. The females are more greyish-brown and are shorter than the males who can be as tall as 11 inches.
Brought to Hawaii as pets, they are now found in the wild and they aren’t shy. These beauties will come right up and sing you a song!
Flight of the Navigator
You can thank explorer Captain James Cook for discovering Hawaii. While in Tahiti, he noticed the brown and gold speckled plover. The Tahitians told him it was no ordinary bird; they migrated for part of the year. It was rumored they went to islands that we now call Hawaii so Cook followed them all the way here!
Interestingly, this long distance shore birds can’t swim, soar or glide. The travel long distances flapping their wings twice per second for about 50 hours, never stopping to feed or rest. And I’m glad they make the trip or we may not know about Hawaii!
Whether the kolea, white-rumped shama, or laysan albatross, you’re sure to see them on a hike or nature walk like I often do. That’s why I’ve featured them in the Bird on a Wire collection.
The one of a kind photographs used in this collection were taken on Oahu and surrounding islands. They are completely translucent so when the sun shines through, they become even brighter, similar to a stained glass effect, reflecting the spirit of the islands.
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