Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hawaiian Hawk

Today, just as I was leaving Hilo on the drive over to the Kona side of Hawaii (the "Big Island") just by chance I happened to see a large flying bird over some houses in a suburb of Hilo. Large flying birds are very unusual in Hawaii away from the immediate shoreline, so it instantly caught my attention. I could see that it was a hawk, and then, after my memory clicked a few times, I recalled that there is only one hawk species in this state, and it occurs only on this island. The Hawaiian Hawk is endemic to Hawaii, and is listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There are estimated to be only about 2,000 individuals in existence.


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