It’s a bird’s life
The herons who hang out at Kapiolani Park captivate photographer Ricky Oshima. His images capture the story of their everyday lives.
"I'm a nature man. I love nature," says Ricky Oshima, who always observes what's going on around him, camera at the ready.
After a tennis game at Ala Moana Beach Park a couple of months ago, Oshima noticed herons hanging out by the canal that runs along the park.
"I was surprised to see a bird catch a fish and swallow it whole. I was fascinated, so I followed them," he says.
After that, for a few weeks, Oshima hung out at the park after every game, watching his winged friends and firing away with his camera. What he came away with tells a lot about a day in the life of the heron.
Looking at Oshima's shots, it's fun to make up stories about these park dwellers, who, like the two-legged critters who jog, sunbathe and picnic close by, have found an oasis in the midst of bustling Honolulu.