Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bristle-Thighed Curlew?

I loved the vivid green colors of the mosses growing on lava rocks near the ocean on the Hawaiian coast near Kona when I accompanied my husband on a trip last March. All the small purple circles are tiny sea urchins holding tight to the rocks as the waves splashed in and out with the tides.



According to my Birds of North America field guide this was a Bristle-Thighed Curlew. A description follows: Winters on central Pacific islands (March was cold there!) Told from Wimbrel by contrast between bright-rusty rump and tail and someber brown back, note also the paler bill. Okay, you 'birders' out there, do you see the rust on the rump and tail? Do you see the pale bill? Would you consider the island of Hawaii a Pacific Island?

4 comments:

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

That first picture was breathtaking!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Cat,

You bet I can borrow the Lynn Austin book. If you want, you can just mail it back to me when you are done or the next time you see Stacie or Margaret you can give it to them and they'll get it to me. Hope you guys have a great time in Grangeville in the next couple of weeks.

Cat said...

Thanks, Jackie!

Connie said...

Wow, great shot of the moss on the lava rocks. And that bird definitely has a distinctive look. Can't identify it, but I'd say it does have a bit of a rusty rump. :-)