Endangered bird, rescued from certain death, takes flight

  • Courtesy / Jacqueline Nelson

    MMJ122 flies off to sea, late last week.

  • Courtesy / Jacqueline Nelson

    The once-bedraggled ua‘u gets ready to fly at its release site.

  • Emily Renkey, Save Our Shearwaters / Special to The Garden Island

    The bird, identified as MMJ122, receiving a daily inspection at Save Our Shearwaters in Lihu‘e.

  • Courtesy / Bobby Brittingham

    An endangered fledgling ua‘u, or Hawaiian petrel, taken from a flooded burrow in October.

LIHU‘E — An endangered ua‘u, or Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis), rescued in October has taken flight after 67 days of care.