I owe enormous thanks to Hob Osterlund for sharing her passion and knowledge of the Albatrosses of Kaua'i with me. A portion of proceeds from her tours and her book, Holy Mōlī, which is a terrific, fun, heartwarming, & educational read, benefits the Kaua'i Albatross Network in order to protect and preserve the species. (Click italicized title of book, above, for reviews and information from Goodreads, If you're interested in donating to the Kaua'i Albatross Network and/or scheduling an expert birding tour with Hob Osterlund, click here.) Many times people have asked me "So, which is your favorite bird?" and, given I've personally observed and photographed over 1,000 unique and amazing species over the last four years, of the more than 10,000 known species on our planet, I've usually answered "That's like asking me to pick my favorite child!". But, after my time with Hob and the Laysan Albatrosses of Kaua'i, I'm quite tempted to provide a very specific answer, the next time someone asks.
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
Makua Kahakai -- Tunnels Beach -- Hanalei snorkeling around the lava tubes
-- Makua Kahakai -- Tunnels Beach -- Hanalei --
Kalalau Lookout, Pihea Trail, & the Alaka'i Swamp
Kalalau Lookout, Pihea Trail, & the Alaka'i Swamp - continued