Red-crested Cardinal

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Red-crested Cardinal (Paroare huppé | Paroaria coronata): Although “true” cardinals were also introduced on Kaua’i (Northern Cardinals), I did not get any usable shots. But I did get several nice shots of the very abundant Red-crested Cardinal, including this shot at a popular bird “watering hole” created by a leaking faucet in Lydgate State Park, on the island’s east coast. This species (like many others) was introduced to Hawai’i in the 1930s.

Taken on December 29, 2015, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 640 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/640). Not baited, called in or set up.

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