Friday, January 7, 2011

Hawaiian Birds

Hawaii bound from PDX on Hawaiian Airlines. Their B-767 'Akekeke carries me to Honolulu; then the B-717 'Apapane whisks me to the island of Kauai. Hawaiian Airlines names their wide-body 767 jets after Hawaiian sea or shore birds (mostly) and their smaller inter-island jets after Hawaiian forest birds. 'Akekeke is the ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres), and 'apapane is Himatione sanguinea, a beautiful red bird that feeds on nectar from the ohia-lehua tree.

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