‘Alea ‘Ula (Common Moorhen or Hawaiian Gallinule)


‘Alea ‘Ula (Hawaiian Gallinule or Common Moorhen | Gallinule poule d’eau | Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis): This is the only endemic bird subspecies that I saw in Kaua’i. We found this individual near some Hawaiian Coots on the Wainiha River in Hanalei, a few steps from the Wainiha General Store (on the island’s north shore).

Taken on December 28, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 640 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500), cropped. Not baited, called in or set up.


3 thoughts on “‘Alea ‘Ula (Common Moorhen or Hawaiian Gallinule)

    1. Thank you, Victor! Yes, the 200-500 has exceeded my expectations (which were already pretty high). In fact, many shots that would have been marginal before are now quite usable (if not perfect).

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