Aloha! My family and I are rapping up a great trip to the island of Kaua’i, in the state of Hawai’i. Needless to say, birding is only one of the many, many things you can do there, but I thought I would start this particular posting with a photo of one of the island’s many iconic landmarks, the lighthouse on Kilauea Point, featuring in the foreground a photo of the state bird, the nēnē (Hawaiian Goose | Bernache néné | Branta sandvicensis). Taken on December 26, 2015 with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (ISO 640 | 18mm | f/13 | 1/640).
Over the next few days and weeks, I will feature some of the bird species I was able to capture during this trip (featuring for the most part my new Nikkor 200-500mm, instead of our general utility lens!). I would have liked to take even more, but birding was really not the primary purpose of this trip!