Thursday, April 2, 2015

Waikiki Tree Penguin. More.

A little more than a year ago I introduced the blogosphere to the Waikiki Tree Penguin.

Last week, observations I made while wearing various aloha shirts lead me to suspect that this bird is an apex predator throughout Oahu, not just at far-flung prawn and tilapia farms.  First hint was at the big Banyan tree (above) at Kuhio Beach Park, surfboard central along the strip.  A flock of white  pigeons perched on the tree  exploded in terror as a big, grey bird flopped into their midst.   

This bird is feared.

Of course no one else saw it.  That's how it goes.

This is a bustling, urban site.  Here is the view approaching the banyan tree (Google Streetview image), not where you'd expect to see a WATP, but there it was.

And then, a few days later, during the Prince Kuhio Day parade mentioned in the previous post, a foursome of White Terns  flew down the avenue, angrily pursuing and pecking at a Black-crowned Night-heron (what the WATP really is) above the heads of paraders and parade watchers.  They chased it into a dense acacia tree in front of the Louis Vuitton store, and I lost sight of it in the hullabaloo, which included a marching band...

  being surveilled by a drone.

There's a lot to be learned about Waikiki Tree Penguins, what exactly they're up to.  Someone who otherwise has little cause to wear his various aloha shirts should go back there and study them at length.

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