Much is said about the endangered Kukuluae’o, the Hawaiian stilt, at the Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Stilt(s) seems like a most appropriate description for its red legs that look disproportionately long and at times awkward for the size of its body. I kept expecting to watch them tip forward, head first into the water, but that never happened.
As if dressed formally in a black tuxedo with a bright white shirt, this skinny-legged bird tip-toes through the shallow water in search of food, which it catches with its sharp long black bill. The bird’s call emitted from a mouth that seems spring loaded shut, consists of a series of unmistakable loud shrieks that are sure to get everyone’s attention.