Baby Fatties are the best- this is an 'Akohekohe Birdette. The 'Akohekohe, aka Crested Honeycreeper, is a native Hawaiian bird. Currently listed as Critically Endangered, the 'Akohekohe lives in small numbers on Maui. Conservationists are trying to raise their numbers by removing invasive plant and animal species in Hawaiian forests. When possible, conservationists are also hatching and raising babies in bird centers, then releasing them into the wild when they are capable of surviving on their own.
My 'Akohekohe Birdette is growing strong. He even looks like he is doing a sidestep dance move. I think I can hear "Baby, I Was Born This Way!" in the background...
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.