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24-JUL-2007 Dan Wyman

Waimea Falls Park, Oahu

Hawaiian Moorhen (id by Jay Levin)

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife site:

The Hawaiian Moorhen is known as the most secretive native waterbird. In Hawaiian legend, these birds were thought to have brought fire from the gods to the Hawaiian people. These secretive birds can be found in freshwater marshes, taro patches, irrigation ditches, reservoirs, and wet pastures. They favor dense emergent vegetation near open water, floating or barely emergent mats of vegetation, and water depths of less than 3 feet (1 meter).

These birds nest year-round but the active season is usually from March through August. It is believed that the timing of nesting is related to water levels and vegetation growth. The Hawaiian Moorhen usually lays an average of 5 to 6 eggs and incubation is about 22 days. The ‘alae ‘ula eats mollusks, insects, water plants, and grasses. They are good swimmers and chicks can swim shortly after hatching.

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coaster17-Aug-2007 20:37
Thanks, Jay for the id.

Jay Levin17-Aug-2007 20:00
Dan, this is an excellent photo of an Hawaiian moorhen or gallinule Perfect exposure on the black. V
Janet Forjan-Freedman17-Aug-2007 19:14
This bird contrasts perfectly with the beautiful environment you photographed him in!
Joanne Kamo17-Aug-2007 17:54
Beautiful image with excellent exposure. V
flowsnow17-Aug-2007 17:42
Excellent find. V
Katie Chew17-Aug-2007 14:11
Very nice capture. V
Guest 17-Aug-2007 13:09
Superb catch! Really like the setting. V
Guest 17-Aug-2007 09:26
beutiful catch, contrasting colours,.
Israel Fichman R.I.P17-Aug-2007 07:08
Very nice captured,Dan! V.
QUERIDO17-Aug-2007 05:55
Excellent shot,vote
Bryan Murahashi17-Aug-2007 04:56
Very nicely exposed capture.
Fong Lam17-Aug-2007 04:36
An interesting yet lovely bird, nicely captured in a beautiful setting, Dan ~V~
Robin Reid17-Aug-2007 04:11
The dark bird, which is always difficult to photograph, jumps off the page with this green background. Good job.