Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Exploring Maui~~~

After Catherine and family left to go back to Seattle, we did a bit of exploring. First we hiked along the boardwalk at the Kealia Pond and saw all kinds of interesting birds.

(If you enlarge this photo, you can see a whole line of wind turbines on the mountain.)


This is a mystery bird.  Do you know what it is?


Cattle egrets are everywhere, even parking lots!


This bird is an endangered one, but we saw quite a few at the pond. It's a black-necked stilt.


We think this is a baby night heron that will eventually look like this adult:


Later that day, we drove past Wailea to the end of the road where you can see the lava flows from an eruption of Haleakla in 1790. Another day we drove up to the crater, but it was raining sideways and was so windy that we didn't get any pictures.  There were many brave bicyclists that we encountered on our way up the rainy mountain! We were glad to be in our car.

One of my favorite places we went was the Hookipa Beach Park where we saw lots of sea turtles. They are huge!



Our last day in Maui we went to the Iao Valley which was very beautiful.



We read that warriors kept watch on the Needle long ago.


It was fun walking on the trails through all the greenery.



 We never expected to see this little fellow and on a leash, no less!.




We had a great trip, but it's good to be back home, awaiting the first day of spring.

11 comments:

Araignee said...

Perfect timing! I'm freezing and there is snow in the forecast. I needed that trip to the islands! So beautiful....I'd never come home.

Dee said...

Beautiful photos. Could your mystery bird be a pin-tailed snipe? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin-tailed_snipe#/media/File:Gallinago_stenura_-_Laem_Pak_Bia.jpg

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I don't know what that little mystery bird is... but, he sure is a cute little spotted thing! Beautiful place! As always, there's no place like home. ;) Now, where's that Spring? blessings ~ tanna

karen said...

what a fun vacation, one I hope to do one day! love the birds and those turtles, my they are huge!!

Tired Teacher said...

Lovely photos - a wonderful place to visit.

kathy b said...

it is fun to see your Hawaii travels Judy! That landscape is so lush and green!

Janet said...

What a fun trip! Your photos are terrific.

Lynn said...

I was just looking at your Hawaii posts. What a fantastic trip. It looks as if you saw and did so much. Thanks for sharing!

desertskyquilts said...

What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing the photos. Were those turtles laying eggs?

Nancy Kay said...

I love how lush the scenery is in Hawaii. Beautiful.

Merry said...

Oh wow, what an amazing countryside. Such beautiful photos. So many sea turtles at first I thought they were just rocks. :-) The mystery bird looks like the curlews we have in our backyard from time to time.