Sunday, December 28, 2008
It nests from February to November. The nest is a small cup of woven fibers and grass. The eggs incubate for 11 days and then fledge after 9 or 10 days.
The Japanese White-eye at a distance looks very similar to the native Amaki'i. It's easily distinguished however, by the white circle around the eye. The Amaki'i has a black circle.
Common Waxbill(Estrilda astrild)
This bird is only found on Oahu. It was introduced from Africa sometime in the late 1970's. This bird is very shy. It travels in large groups of individuals that are most easily recognized by their call as they fly away. The easiest place to see them is in large open grass fields where they are found eating weed seeds.
You can find out more about the Cheetah here.
According to information at the zoo’s website we shared a common ancestor with the chimpanzee about 6 million years ago. From that point forward a divergence took place and led to modern gorillas. They share most of our genes and reportedly the human and chimpanzee genomes differ by only 1.5 to 5 percent.
When I viewed these lovable chimps I couldn’t help but think of the movie Planet of the Apes. Their antics kept us entertained for a long time, studying them was a joy and yet if the tables were turned and we were behind the glass, would we be as entertaining? I am not sure about that one.
We were so engrossed that we failed to see the charge of one at the glass a few feet away to our right. The noisy thump made us jump out of our shoes, almost. And as you do when you are startled you tend to laugh. I am not sure why he decided to throw himself at the glass, had he seen a bird, was he playing a joke on us, did he do this often just for fun? He got our attention and he seemed no worse for it and all we saw was his backside as he ambled away. Did I see a tiny smirk on his face? I like to think I did for he certainly seemed to have a great sense of humor.
This one came ambling around the corner carrying an empty plastic bottle of water between his teeth. Had someone accidentally dropped it into their compound? I couldn't see a place where you could toss or drop the bottle in as the protective glass seemed to be too high.
At first there were too.....
and then they were joined by another two. The view must be better from up there.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
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The four of us went to a luau at one of the hotels at the other end of Waikiki. It was easier to catch a bus right outside our hotel and it was a short but enjoyable ride. Easier than finding a parking spot if we drove there. It was just as easy to catch the bus at the end of the evening too. We have decided to use the buses on a few of our other outings from now on.
There are a lot more photos for you on Celia and Gully's camera. I am sure they will be sharing those once they can get them downloaded.