White-eye vss. Pāpala kēpau
Japanese white-eye or Mejiro (Zosterops japonicus); alien.
Pāpala kēpau (Pisonia brunoniana); indigenous
Waimea Valley Audubon Center (now Waimea Valley), Oʻahu, Hawaii
"A bird in the hand..."
No worries, I was very gently with the tiny creature. With some TLC and a little Ivory liquid soap, the mejiro survived.
Check out the number of bugs "glued" to the pāpala kēpau seeds!
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