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Photo Friday: Hawaiian Wildlife

Today I’m featuring some of my favorite Hawaiian wildlife.

First up is the gecko.  Although they’ve been here for perhaps 1,500 years, they were introduced to Hawaii by the Polynesians and thus are not considered natives.  We see tons of these critters around the house, inside and out.  Love them!

Next is my favorite Hawaiian bird.  He’s a tiny thing, about the size of your palm.  These many months, I’ve thought it was the Hawaiian ‘Amakihi, a native species.  Upon closer inspection, however, it looks like I’m wrong.  Not sure what this bird is now.  Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?

And last, but not least, are the mongooses.  I loved these guys when we first saw them during our honeymoon five years ago and I love them now.  I also think it’s hilarious that cats were introduced to Hawaii in hopes of controlling the burgeoning mongoose population, but as a local told me, “They both got island fever and became the best of buds.”  Check it out in the video below:

Please excuse the pop-up ad in the video. YouTube added it because we were bad and used copyrighted music in our short. We’ll try to be better next time.


  • Cmzahalka

    Saffron finch?

  • http://watsons-unleashed.com Kate

    I was wondering about that. Maybe so, Connie.

  • http://simplyfearless.com/ Coach Cassandra Rae

    Cool! I like how you added video to Photo Friday :~)

  • Kate

    Yeah, we thought video was necessary to show the cats and mongooses in action. They're too cute for mere photos!