In Hawaii, there are over 70 endemic bird species but only 48 species/subspecies still exist and 30 of these species are endangered. Everyone wants to live in paradise, but as we build to live, we take over spaces that were these animals' habitat. I'm not going to go all environ-mental about it because I am a culprit in the matter, but it saddens me that we cause so much destruction. Especially when the victims include these adorable creatures!
"Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" is a baby Pueo (Hawaiian Short-Eared Owl). The Pueo is endangered but not extinct. They are owls, thus nocturnal, but you can see them flying stealthily at sunset. Their ear canals are strategically placed high over the left side eye and low below the right side eye. This allows them to have four lines of "sight" including their two eyes and imbalanced ear canals. Also, their face feathers are tightly woven to absorb the most sound possible and funnel the vibrations into the Pueo's ears.
Their wing feathers are rough, almost tattered looking, to cut through the night air without making a sound. And their big amber eyes are masked with dark feathers giving them a very Liza Minnelli "Cabaret" look. How could you not love these guys?
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.