Hawaiian Creepers are honeycreepers found mostly on the Big Island. They are adaptive, but the introduction of invasive species has led to a dramatic drop in numbers. Hawaiian Creepers now have to compete for food with other birds such as White-Eyes. And because their nests are relatively low to the ground, the eggs and babies are vulnerable to rats and other predators. Conservation projects are working towards eliminating rats and protecting the food sources that these creepers need to survive.
My little friends here are taking a coffee break on Kona's most famous agricultural resource. Coffee grows on trees with long thin branches. The beans aren't really even beans, they are seeds. And the fruit around the coffee bean is called a cherry, but it's not the traditional cherry. It's all slightly confusing, but that's ok. These two birdies are just having a good time, drinking in the morning air and enjoying each other's company. Good times for all!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.