Kilauea Point Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Kaua'i

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The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is on the grounds of the old Kilauea Point Lighthouse. For more info, see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.

Kilauea Point
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The lighthouse was commissioned in 1913. It recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with the completion of renovations and a ceremonial renaming after the late Hawaiian Senator, Daniel K. Inouye. The lighthouse is not currently open for tours, but they hope to open it in the future.

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse
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At the time of its commissioning, it the huge clamshell Fresnel lens was the largest of its type.

Original 7000 lb. clamshell Fresnel lens
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The Wildlife Refuge is primarily a bird sanctuary. My BIF skills were insufficient to task of documenting what we saw, but here are the best of the bunch...

The rarest goose in the world, the Hawaiian Nēnē (Population in the thousands)
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Bored and indifferent to the tourists
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The red-footed booby, or 'A
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Koa‘e ‘ula (red-tailed tropicbird)
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Red-crested cardinal (cross-posted in the Birds thread)
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There were many more birds, in great numbers. We saw several Laysan albatrosses, a great frigatebird, and others I cannot identify. They were swooping along the cliffs, but they darted in and out rapidly. I finally stopped taking photos of blurred shapes and empty air and switched from camera to eyeballs.

If you enjoy birds, lighthouses and striking panoramas, it is definitely worth a few hours of your time on the Garden Isle.
 

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Nice!

I'm in Princeville now so I'll try to make it to KP next week :smile:

There's a red crested cardinal's nest right outside my window. It's fun watching them!
 

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There's a really good spot for BIF pics as you walk out to the lighthouse. It's right after the left turn to head out from the visitors center on the path. Birds catch the air currents there and seem to hang in the air. I just hung out on that fence for a long time, shooting birds, some of which turned out pretty well. (I got my best albatross shots from the parking lot!)

Also, check beside the path as you walk out for wedge-tailed shearwater nests — they are ground nesters.

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wedge-tailed shearwater by foxtail_1, on Flickr

Here's the link to my Kaua'i pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kristi_decourcy/sets/72157630506738048/. If you've got time, Waimea Canyon, Polihale State Park, and the Pihea trail were my other favorites.
 

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I meant to add a couple of coastline views. Correcting that now.

Looking east. In the higher resolution versions of the image, you can see hundreds of birds (white specks) in the trees across the inlet.
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Looking west towards Princeville.
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