Black-crowned Night Heron

The Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, is home to a number of species of native and migratory birds. The coastal boardwalk provides great viewpoints to observe the many birds in the wetlands North of Kihei, and several paths lead to nearby quiet Sugar Beach.

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Black-crowned night heron on a windy day at Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui, HI

On the prowl with my 70-300mm zoom, I enjoyed the view from the boardwalk, which I had almost to myself on that bright but very windy Tuesday morning. The first bird I spotted was a black-crowned night heron. Its striking features make it easily recognizable: black-grey-white as if dressed smartly in a tuxedo, short and stout, two long white neck feathers, yellow legs, fierce looking red eyes, mean pointy beak. It is also most impressive in flight.

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I’ll post more birds from this tranquil refuge.

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