|Kolea in Breeding Plumage|
More than anything else, these birds and their regular migration have been symbols of Tao for me, in their relentless cyclic travel across the ocean (that low and most vast of watery places), to and from Hawaii and Alaska, to breed and then come home. To what strange purpose these birds live, except as manifestations of Tao.
|The Compleat Kolea|
"They have incredible wingspans for their size," I pointed out, "they lift off strong and quick. They would do well on aircraft carriers. And any creature that spends its days picking tiny edible bugs out of the grass probably is ultra-sensitive to an approaching feline." I've seen plenty of pigeons and mynahs, sorry victims of cats and cars, but never a kolea shredded or squashed on the road. The Wizard returned attention to his phone on which he was playing solitaire (not Angry Birds, not his style) before making the regular morning call to his dad on the mainland, 92 and alert and ready to discuss the day's news, his computer problems, and medications. As I listened to the one-sided conversation, I realized he never mentioned the Happy Birds. I guess it's just my obsession. Put aside the Angry Birds: do some kolea watching of your own; these birds are charming. They'll make you happy.