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Photo of the Week (August 13th, 2017)

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One more photo of the week from Hawai'i, and again, one of the few native bird species that we saw.  We stayed near Kona the first 3 days of the trip. It took until that 3rd day before we saw a native bird species!  That bird was a Pueo, the only native owl found on the Hawaiian Islands.  They are thought by most to be a subspecies of the Short-eared Owl. There was one road at mid-elevation on the eastern slopes of Mauna Loa that had expansive grasslands, and seemed to hold many Pueo.  On one evening drive along the road, we saw 5 Pueo's in the span of about 8 miles! Beautiful bird, and we did get closer photos of them, but I liked this one best. It shows the Pueo in late evening late, sitting on a fence post in the grassy landscape, a perfect representation of the memory I have of these birds.

Pueo - Asio flammeus sandwichensis

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