Snapshot: Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Wedge-tailed Shearwaters or ‘Ua’u Kani (Puffinus pacificus) are some of the most common seabirds here in Hawai’i. But seeing them amongst human habitation, well I just had to make a post about it.

There are many nesting sites in the northwest islands and smaller islets. There are few colonies on the main Hawaiian Islands themselves. However at Black Point, on the South Shore of O’ahu, a small colony persists right in the middle of an upscale neighborhood. Birds and people coexisting, always a good story. And, thanks to the donated land by the Freemans, the colony has a bright future.

Links – Hawaii Audubon Society April 2011 (pdf), Star Bulletin Oct. 2007

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