Saturday, September 22, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Matt and I had an awesome time photographing and riding along with the 'bird scarers' at the Honolulu International Airport for Honolulu Magazine. It was so interesting learning about the different techniques the wildlife biologists and technicians Erik Rutka, Darren Phelps, and John Cody use to get rid of birds on the runway and safeguard aviation at the airport.
Erik Rutka uses a net gun on an empty runway
Erik calls to the airport control tower on his radio
John Cody tries to scare a bird with a laser gun
Erik Rutka, Darren Phelps, and John Cody with a shot gun, net gun, and talon - devices they regularly use on the job
Using a shotgun to scare birds
View from inside a live decoy trap
Erik drives the runway searching for birds
Setting up the net gun
a remote control car used to scare birds
A live mouse inside the swedish goshawk trap for owls
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Sunday, September 2, 2012
One of my favorite assignments this past year was photographing endangered Nene birds on top of Haleakala Volcano for the cover story of Hana Hou! The Hawaiian Airlines Magazine. It was so interesting searching for and tagging Nenes in front country pastureland with Cathleen and Tim Bailey, Endangered Wildlife Management at Haleakala National Park, where they have researched Nenes on Maui for the past 20 years.
Cathleen and Tim Bailey
Tim Bailey has a traditional Hawaiian facial tattoo of the Nene's flight pattern on his face.
The Endangered Wildlife Management and Feral Animal Removal Management team at Haleakala National Park.
Joy Tamayose searches for Nenes
Measuring the Nenes wingspan
Cathleen and Tim have matching Nene tattoos on their ring fingers.
Nene are a symbol for a happy marriage since they mate for life.
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