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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Northern Cardinal in Maui

Regular visitors to this blog will know that we recently returned from two weeks in Maui, one of the Hawaiian Islands. While there I indulged in my favorite pastime, photographing birds. I had hoped to capture some rare tropical native birds of the islands. However, I discovered that many of the indigenous species are now extinct due to predation and competition from introduced species - mammmals such as cats, rats, mongooses, cattle, sheep, goats and humans especially, as well as introduced species of birds. When I photographed this glorious Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). I was thinking I had captured one of Maui's colorful tropical forest denizens, though I couldn't help but think, "this sure looks like a Red Cardinal...." Of course it is a Red or Northern Cardinal, one of many introduced species of birds that are thriving all over the islands. I was happy to see him since I've not seen one before. In North America they're only found east of the Rockies.

3 comments:

JoJo said...

He's even smiling for you! We have loads of them here in New England. Not so much in my yard but my mom gets quite a few in hers.

Stephanie said...

Great capture!

William Kendall said...

A striking looking chap!