Bird Images of Hawaii

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Cattle Egret stalking cockroaches on the Bougainvillea hedge between lanes of traffic.
Cattle Egret stalking cockroaches on the Bougainvillea hedge between lanes of traffic. | Source

Most visitors to the Hawaiian Islands take home with them photographic Images of Hawaii. On Maui, some visitors take Hawaiian photos -- or Hawaiian pics as I have heard them referred to – far and wide from the Iao Valley, up the winding road to Hana and in the historic Lahaina town.

We locals, people who call Hawaii home, consider the land and the life here on Maui to be important. The birds are among some of the special images of Hawaii which represent a segment of the wonders and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. Many professional bird photographers visit the Hawaiian Islands to try to get some really special shots of individual bird species like the free-roaming peacocks, the Hawaiian Ducks, Hawiian-style egrets and the mynahs, and then the many endemic species such as the honeycreepers in their glorious colors.

I am a wanna-be bird photographer with a boxful of Hawaiian photographs to prove it. The laughable, loveable Mynah birds (sometimes spelled as Myna) are some of the characters I want to photograph, but rarely do they let me. I have two Mynah pals who greet me every day when I go to a certain commercial property to feed the feral cats. Immediately, upon hearing my car arrive -- thirty chickens, two roosters and a colony of cats come running from all directions. Then these two little Mynahs, Mr. and Mrs. Alec Mynah, come flying in. The name, Alec, is short for Smart Alec.


The Mynahs haven't landed yet in this photo.  They fly in circles above before landing.  They mingle with the chickens and roosters, but they like the cats to be out of the way before they land.
The Mynahs haven't landed yet in this photo. They fly in circles above before landing. They mingle with the chickens and roosters, but they like the cats to be out of the way before they land.
Mr. and Mrs. Alec Mynah of Maui.
Mr. and Mrs. Alec Mynah of Maui.

Mynah Birds are very Smart

There are hundreds of thousands of pairs of Mynahs on Maui, each with their own very unique identities, but these two Mynahs are my challenge. They land, they waddle, they cajole as the chickens run to and fro to get the chicken scratch I throw merrily to divert the junglefowl. When I hurry over to feed the feral cats, Mr. and Mrs. Mynah fly to the top of a fence post behind me so they have their very own birds’ eye view. On occasion, I have spun around with my camera and pressed: click, click, click. Mr. and his Mrs.Mynah dive and tumble away from me. They know I will throw them each one pebble of cat food when I am finished shoo-ing away the chickens. They surely know I won’t hurt them, yet they will not let me photograph them up close. They make funny noises and copy my whistling, all the while dodging the lens of my little silver box. They don't want any of my chicken scratch. They feed heartily on the big cane spiders in Maui's fields.

The chickens don’t mind the camera. It's as though each rooster quite likes to become a Hawaii bird photograph so he struts right on up to me while I aim and click. As a wanna-be chalk-pasteler, I like to get good pictures of Hawaii birds for future pasteling sessions.

I did get dozens of Hawaii bird photographs of a baby Mynah last year. He sat on my kitchen table several times a day while I fed him with a dropper. I had the special food mixture for baby birds. He wasn’t related to Mr. and Mrs. Mynah of the commercial property just mentioned. This little guy had fallen out of a tree and one of my daughter’s dogs found him. He was unscathed.


Greater Hill Mynahs are common on the Hawaiian Islands

Creative commons photo of Hawaii kind of Mynah.  These descend from the Greater Hill Mynahs of India.
Creative commons photo of Hawaii kind of Mynah. These descend from the Greater Hill Mynahs of India.

Baby Birds Have Special Challenges

It is illegal in Hawaii to keep a Mynah. My husband would have liked us to keep the baby Mynah. But Mynahs have a bad habit of eating bits and pieces of cockroaches. Somehow this can lead to a very nasty condition for the Mynah. Worms start growing and feeding inside the Mynah’s body. They multiply in number and when there are too many of these worms, they come dripping and gliding out of the Mynah’s eyes. I didn’t know any of this when I was happily feeding our little Mynah.

I was trying to decide if I really want to keep this little Mynah and enjoy his talking ability as it develops. I knew I would be the one cleaning the cage and the floor several times a day if we kept the bird. I also knew we were not supposed to keep a Mynah. I was mulling it over.

After about a week of feeding the baby bird, I began to think I saw something in his eyes, so I put on my glasses. I still couldn’t make out what I was looking at. I called my husband to come have a look. He took one glance and reluctantly told me what he could see. He knew that would be the conclusion of my feeding the bird. I telephoned a bird specialist I had met. She was a bird rehabilitator. My husband and I arranged to meet the lady at the nearby Jamba Juice. We gave her the baby Mynah. She was very happy about it. She and her husband already have four other Mynahs. Each is at different stages of talking and learning fun antics. If you raise a Mynah from a very young age, they can be terrific talkers. Mynahs are known to mimic their owners voices exactly and they are known to be quite comical in their antics.

The young lady explained to us that the slimy things in the bird’s eye were tiny worms in the bird’s system due to his eating cockroaches. She had medicine that would take care of the problem and would help the baby Mynah become healthy.


This little Japanese white-eye was injured when he fell out of his nest.  His mom didn't come back to feed him on the ground  because it was a dog park with lots of dogs.
This little Japanese white-eye was injured when he fell out of his nest. His mom didn't come back to feed him on the ground because it was a dog park with lots of dogs.

Japanese White-Eye Bird

This little Japanese White-Eye baby bird didn't survive.
This little Japanese White-Eye baby bird didn't survive. | Source

Mourning Dove, Rescued on Maui

Baby dove almost ready to set out on his own again.
Baby dove almost ready to set out on his own again. | Source

Hawaiian birds -- whether endemic or descendants of travelers from faraway countries – make beautiful subjects in Hawaiian photographs. The Cattle Egret, one of the most traveled birds in the world, is a favorite for tourists to take home in their collection of Hawaiian photo images.

Sometimes images of Hawaii are almost as nice to hold as the actual subject of the image. Once in a while, it doesn’t even feel right to hold a little creature of Hawaii’s bird and wildlife. Sometimes they just have to be let go. But images of Hawaii which are held still in a Hawaiian photo frame can bring a smile over and over again.

And certainly it is so for every state and country in the world, not just Hawaii. There is beauty everywhere, ready for capturing on camera.

An acquaintance of mine.
An acquaintance of mine.

Black-Crowned Night Herons on Maui

Black-crowned night herons disturbed by my presence.
Black-crowned night herons disturbed by my presence.

Junglefowl are everywhere on the Hawaiian Islands

Junglefowl along the side of the road is a common site here on Maui.
Junglefowl along the side of the road is a common site here on Maui.
Cattle egrets feeding.
Cattle egrets feeding. | Source

Peacock Crossing, Maui

Peacock having crossed Kihei Road, Maui, Hawaii
Peacock having crossed Kihei Road, Maui, Hawaii | Source

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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

The Pionus is my daughter's little angry bird. My parents live in Southern Saskatchewan and have told me that thousands upon thousands of birds fly in to the Morse and Chaplin area every spring on their way north. Then they come back again in the late summer and fall as they head south. Apparently it's one of the biggest flyways in Canada with geese, swans, duck, stilt birds and many more. I'm really hoping to get some photography time there this spring. The ponds and lakes are right along the highway in places apparently.

Thanks for your comments.


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Magdelene 4 years ago from Okotoks

I must admit, I certainly do love birds. Great photos, especially like the Pionus Parrot. We're so far north where I'm at, we don't get a lot of variety; nice to see the birds that are native in other areas.

Great Hub!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Pamela, I thoroughly enjoyed your hub on Bird images of Hawaii. Its so great to see what birds are in different locations in the states, but especially special in Hawaii for some reason! The white birds in the top of the hub are so beautiful, but they are all great. Thanks for sharing. I am a wanna be photographer of birds myself, one of the harder things for me, personally. Maybe that is why I enjoyed this all the more. :)


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

I loved your pics and love Maui - thanks for sharing - blessings!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I also love the many birds we have here in Hawaii. A friend from Texas came and said, my the birds really love it here. She noticed how many more we had than where they live. Right now I am listening to some out my window. Thanks for a great hub.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Becky, Colibri, KoffeKlatch Gals, Katrinasui, and Mentalist Acer, thank you for taking the time to read this.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I don't think your a "wanna-be bird photographer" as you stated. You are a very talented photographer. I love the birds in flight in picture #12 and the parrot? is just beautiful, though my favorite is the next to the last one with the bird under the tree, with the misty view of the island in the background. It was very interesting to learn about the Mynah birds too. Awesome Hub.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

ColibriPhoto, thank you. I really enjoy your hubs and your latest is my favorite.


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ColibriPhoto 5 years ago from Quito, Ecuador

Nice hub. I was only in Hawaii once, about 15 years ago when my son was attending the university on the big island. Brings back memories. Thanks


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

What beautiful birds. I wish I could be there to see them in person.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Great hub. The pictures are fabulous. Well done:)


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

You have lovely friends Pamela,though shy they may be.;)


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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

BJB, thanks for dropping by. We had snow today, too. It was up on Haleakala, a dormant volcano. I hope you are settled in to your new surroundings. I read your hub about your moving and having no Wi-Fi.


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BJBenson 5 years ago from USA

Oh, I wish I could come and live there. We have so much snow. I can not keep up with the bird food for our poor birds. Enjoy your home.

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