Archive for March, 2010

Spring has arrived in Maui.  The Cardinals have been singing at the tops of the tall bamboo, claiming their territory and attracting their mates.

I have a pair of Red Cardinals that have been singing their hearts out just outside the house, and I have started putting out sunflower seeds on the deck railings.  In no time the male started coming for the seeds, soon followed by his pretty mate, and he breaks open the seeds and then leans forward to feed her while she begs for the food. She must be laying eggs already, although I haven’t watchied close enough to see where she flies to, to try to spot where she is nesting.  The male is getting very tame now.

So out came the camera.. The shutter scared him. I was too close, but he came back both times for more food.  Greedy little thing.

Yet to get a picture of him feeding his Mrs, so watch this space….

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Up on the slopes of Haleakala, at a lovely spot overlooking a gulch at Hosmer Grove, a rare sight can be seen when you sit quietly and patiently waiting for the I’iwi to come and feed on a flowering bush nearby.  You hear them before you see them… They dont stay long on any one bush. They move quickly onto the next one..  The camera has to be ready… They are gone almost before its too late.IMG_6295_1_r IMG_6052_1_r IMG_6205_1_r IMG_6218_1_r