The first time you see a Northern Saw-Whet Owl, someone in your party is guaranteed to say “It’s so cute!!” And it is but it is also a fierce predator. The smallest of the eastern North American owls, it is capable of killing birds larger than itself.
I’m sure there are good numbers of this species but they are rarely seen due to their habits. They are nocturnal hunters who keep tucked away in trees during the day, and even when approached, keep perfectly still.
These four ladies have found a beautiful spot of beach they can call their own. This is from Oahu’s eastern shore. Their are miles of deserted beach once you get away from the population centers like Honolulu.
The Northern Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis, is one of the most interesting members of the Petrel family. It comes in a range of morphs whose abundance is separated by geography. In the Pacific are found dark and mid-gray birds while the Atlantic tends to have whiter types.
One of the interesting features was the colonization of the island of Britain by this species. It first started nesting in the Orkney Islands in the later part of the 19th century and gradually spread until it is now a well established resident.