Pacific Golden Plover, known in Hawaii as Kolea, is a migratory bird that over winters in Hawaii but spends most of it's time in northernmost Asia and parts of Alaska. In the Arctic, where they breed and raise their young, their nests are constructed on the open ground. In the photo shared, this Kolea is strolling through the grass at Kapalua on Maui. Kolea, can also be seen marching, stately and alert, across mud flats and beaches in Hawaii, looking for choice tidbits. When migrating between Alaska and Hawaii these birds travel 1500 miles over open ocean, non-stop.
Attribution James Brennan Hawaii