Pueo

In Kohala we got up early, usually around 5 am, so we could be in the field by 6:30. Pueo, the Hawaiian owl (Asio flammeus sandwichensis) would sometimes be waiting for us on a distant fencepost, watching the grass for scurrying rodents that were startled by our jeep. Pueo are becoming a rare sight in Hawaii, as light pollution disrupts their twilight hunts, and predators like introduced rats and cats destroy chicks and eggs in the nest. I treasure the memories of seeing them glide soundlessly overhead; it was a beautiful way to start each amazing day. Mahalo. Aloha ‘aina.

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