Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hank Heron

Aloha &
Welcome Back to Waikiki!
Click on Photos to Enlarge Hank the Celebrity Heron
"Let everything do
what it likes to do
and so
Satisfy it's
Chung Tzu

Innocent Looking Morning Glory Plans Neighborhood Domination!

“It is not enough to conquer; one must also know how to seduce.”

Banana and papaya trees in da yard.
Welcome home.

"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."
George Moore

"The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes."
Harold B. Lee

"Life's a voyage that's homeward bound."
Herman Melville

"Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."
John Howard Payne

Ti Lei & Shinto Amulet
hanging from my rear-view mirror for safety.
"The heart of the person before you is a mirror.
See there your own form."
Shinto Saying

I love the giant blue heron who glide above my harbor home. They are so big (for birds) that they almost seem like small people.
Serious, feathered, small people.
Have your seen their powerful claws? The amber glint in their serious eyes? We're talking one tough bird!
Intelligent and wonderful fishers, they grudgingly share their world with us. . .
Then there's Hank,
Hank the black crowned night heron (auku`u) of Ko`olina out on the Leeward Coast.
There he lives in a cushy water feature on the golf course,
just beside a charming restaurant.
No one's sure exactly when Hank, began to garner attention, but it seems that he is even better at fishing than your average heron.
You see, Hank has learned to use bait.
Instead of merely watching for fish, he carefully places discarded restaurant bread on the water before him, watches intently for a nibble,
then scoops up his distracted meal
complete with-bread-stuffing!
Carol Cox of Envirowatch (our local citizen advocate and all around good guy) says that Hank and the missus even taught a clutch of fledglings the same trick last year.
You like make friends in Hawaii?
Go fishing!
If that's not your style you're always welcome to join me. . . just walking in Waikiki. . .
Aloha! Cloudia