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Planning a visit to Kauai? We regularly add news and information about events, activities, and places to see on The Garden Isle.

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Sheila Heathcote has lived in Hawaii since 1986. She's a published author on the topic of Kauai and the owner of Hale O Nanakai Bed & Breakfast.

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Jim Denny -- For the love of Kauai's Birds

Jim Denny, an avid bird watcher and photographer has been hiking into the Alakai Swamp for more than 30 years  to get the award-winning photos of native bird featured on a multitude of media about Kauai. 

I worked with him at Kauai Veteran's Memorial Hospital, when I was a traveling nurse and he was a lab technologist. In fact I burned up the brakes of his old station wagon on one of my first trips down the mountain coming from Koke'e State Park.

Denny offers birding tours of Kauai that are unsurpassed, and I can not recommend anyone better to take the avid bird enthusiast to the far corners of the island.

All photos are by Jim Denny 

Excerpted from Jim Denny's website http://www.kauaibirds.com/index.htm  ALL PHOTOS BY JIM DENNY

The Hawaiian island of Kauai offers the visiting birder many opportunites to add species to his or her life list. More than 80 species of birds are present on this Garden Island. In addition to Hawaii's famous native forest birds and wetland birds, there is a great variety of easily seen introduced birds and seabirds.

This site (http://www.kauaibirds.com/index.htm) is designed to help you identify the birds of Kaua'i as well as birds you may encounter on visits to other Hawaiian islands. The images on this site were photographed with a Nikon D2H and D300. The video on this site was filmed with a Canon GL2 and XHA1. All are the work of videographer & photographer Jim Denny and may not be used without permission.

Jim has been photographing the birds of Hawaii for more than 35 years. His articles and images have appeared in many outstanding publications, including Audubon, Smithsonian, and National Geographic magazines.

Jim is available to guide small groups (4 or less) in search of endemic forest birds. He is a 40 year resident of the island. In addition to numerous birding groups, he has served as a guide for BBC London, NHK Japan, and National Geographic photographers/videographers. He has a 4x4 vehicle for easier access to trail heads that comfortably seats 4 passengers. Please contact for availability and tour details. For those not interested in securing his services, he is happy to give birding suggestions.

Jim has written two books and produced two videos about Kauai's birds. (Photos by Jim Denny)

For tours and additional information, contact Jim Denny at