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Stream Sentinel

Stream Sentinel

Posted: 05/30/18

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In a Waipio Valley stream, a black-crowned night heron does what it knows best: standing statue-still, ever on the lookout for small fish, bugs and other aquatic critters to grab when they wander too close. Nearly worldwide in their distribution, these birds even are native to mid-Pacific Hawaii, which they somehow found before the Polynesians, and where the natives know them as "‘Auku‘u". Similar-sounding etymology for them exists in native languages around the world, as a derivative of their nesting call.

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