Wednesday, April 13, 2011
There are a lot of things that you'll find all over Kaua'i. Rust-colored dirt, the friendly spirit of Aloha and chickens. Chickens prance around the island like they own it and I guess when you consider their numbers and the centuries they have roamed the island, they sort of do. The scientific name is Polynesian waterfowl and they are prettier and more cocky than your average barnyard birds.
It doesn't matter where you go, to the beach, a luau, a parking lot, you will see chickens. Or at least hear the insistent crowing of the roosters. You are advised not to bother them. After I witnessed a gaggle of chickens crow and peck each other in a furious fight, flying into the air and landing on backs with sharp claws, I understood why.
Sometimes you'll spot birds that aren't chickens. You have to keep your eyes peeled because the chickens are so plentiful that all other birds seem to just blend in with them.
Except for peacocks.
There's no way peacocks can blend in and they don't seem to want to. I spotted this beauty at the Smith botanical garden and it's proud loveliness reminded me of Kaua'i itself.