Japanese White-Eye (Zostérops du Japon | Zosterops japonicus): Today will feature the first of a series of photos of the introduced birds commonly seen in Kaua’i. Endemic birds have struggled throughout the Hawaiian islands after the arrival of the first humans and the transformation of their natural habitats. The pace of the disappearance of these birds accelerated with the arrival of European colonizers. Over the years, the endemics were almost entirely replaced by introduced birds, especially in urban and cultivated areas.
Known as the mejiro (メジロ, 目白) in Japanese, the Japanese White-eye was introduced to the Hawaiian islands in the 1920s and 30s to control insect populations in crops and agricultural areas. This is a rather attractive little bird, but there is much evidence that they are especially harmful to endemic birds, because white-eyes have expanded to old-growth forests and efficiently hunt for insects. If you are interested by this subject, you may want to read the following article.
This is one of of the earliest photos taken with my new (and fabulous) Nikon lens. Taken on December 27, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1600), cropped. Not baited, called in or set up.