Tuesday, April 22, 2014

4-21-2014 Lesley's Windward & Turtle Bay Trek

Diane & I did the Windward & TBR monitoring today. 

We started combing the beaches at Kualoa Point, then Hau'ula, Malaekahana, Kahuku Golf Course  - looking for R5AY "Honey Girl" and finally we made it to Turtle Bay.
There, we found our first seal of the day RK82 "La'akea". We put a sign up and called the Ambassadors to please bring more.

The weather wasn't merciful to us, we were soaked several times by the on and off showers. 

We arrived at Elbow Beach under a shower, the girls RL54 "Kaikaina" & RF20 "Meli" were hauled out beside each other.

We received a couple of calls reporting R5AY "Honey Girl" on Temple Beach, as there wasn't much action happening at TBR and NO ONE was venturing out on the beach, we decided to head back to check on the lady.

It took us a while and after several calls to get the correct location, we finally found her tucked away in a Naupaka opening just off Bikini Beach. She is looking beautiful in her new coat and is ~ 90% molted. There's only one last strip on her back.

Thank you to Mike and his wife for reporting and for keeping an eye on her during the day.

Diane and I once again were amazed that this is probably the only place in Hawaii, where you find 4 seals in a day and they are all family related (mother and daughters). We also were told that RI37 "Bessie", the eldest daughter,  was hauled out on the North Shore. We're only missing RA20 (F b.2009) to complete the family on Oahu !!  Aloha, Lesley 

Photo was labeled "sign says it all" - it took me a few minutes... okay more than a few minutes to realize this wasn't a new volunteer shirt... but a sign sticking out of Diane's back pack.... I love the concept... although I am afraid some people would read into it the wrong way.
R5AY aka Honey Girl looking beautiful in her new coat
 just a little old fur left
 Meli RF20 and RL54 Kaikaina sisters hanging out
 cutey patootie
 Here's their other sister RK82 Luana

Monday, April 21, 2014

4-21-2014 DB's Dailies: Sadie&Pup,Kainoa,U/U@RI, T21M@SB, Buster@CW, R018@WP, Rocky@EB, RI37@Waialua, Benny@Makaha, RK36@Maili

At 0700, from the Makapuu Overview I could see Sadie & Pup in the water off shore of the left end of Rabbit Island. When I got back to the pier at 1000 they were on the beach and doing a feed. One of 3 observed feeds today.
I sat at Sandy Beach from 0900, awaiting the arrival of T21M to the Blowhole end of the beach as has been the case of late. At 0926 out of the corner of my eye I spied an animal hauling out to the main beach, at the Half Point end of the beach. I responded and cordoned him off, just ahead of the hordes and tour busses arrival. He has remained all day. Gayle called to advise that T21M had departed at 1657.
When I got back to Makai Pier at 1000 I found mom & pup doing a feed with Kainoa (RN04) 20 ft away. There was never any observed interaction.
Also at 1000 I found an adult sized animal barely visible up in the Morning Glory at 1BS. Being an overcast and mostly rainy day there was never any reason for the animal to move, so it didn’t. I was not able to get an ID.
At 1051 Gayle called with the report of an animal at China Walls. At 1327 I confirmed the Buster (RV08) ID. He’d last been seen in the SE quadrant on 3-3-14.
Team Billand called at 0733 with the report of R018 at #1706, White Plains. He departed at 1515.
At 1000 they found Rocky (RH58) at Access 186D, Ewa Beach.
Dana called at 1145 to advise that Liz Weske had reported RI37 in Waialua. Photo confirmation received. She had last been seen on 2-28-14.
At 1232 the Billands advised that Cianna had called about an animal in Makaha at 0830. Posse member Debbie had responded. The Billands confirmed the Benny (RE74) ID. He departed at 1845.

At 1434 Team Billand found RK36 at Maili Point.

 Awesome photo Sadie & Pup with DB's new camera... A-mazing!
  Rocky at Ewa Beach
 T21M at Sandy's 
 Buster at China Wall
 Benny at Makaha
 R018 at White Plains
 RI37 at Waialua
 RK36 at Maili

Sunday, April 20, 2014

4-20-2014 DB's Dailies: Sadie&Pup,Kainoa,Duke,Nani&U/F@RI, Kaiwi@CW, T21M@SB, Kermit@NIM, Ewa Girl@WSK, Meli@TB

Happy Easter to all ! At 0655, from the Makapuu Overview I found Sadie & Pup in the water off shore of 1BS, Rabbit Island, and what would prove to be Nani (RK60), 80 ft right of 3BS.
From Makai Pier at 0732 I found the U/F out on the left end rock flats, and Kainoa (RN04) at Right Middle Cliff. His wound is healing well, but I still don’t see him using his LFF.
I decided to get a jump start on T21M and went to Sandy Beach to await his arrival at 0830. Sure enough at 0845 out galumphed the ol’ dude at the Blowhole end of Sandy Beach. I cordoned him off and he remained. He was gone at 1846.
Back at Makai Pier at 0939. I found Duke (RA12) at the far left end the beach. When he showed up at LL the other day I thought it was just a matter of time before the boy came home for a visit.
At 0939 Aukai (RL12) took a break from the Mokes and stopped by home. She hauled out a bit too close for Sadie’s comfort at 0951 and was immediately run off. She would haul out to 1BS at 1001, moving up into the Morning Glory. She would later move down to cool off, and remained all day.
Posse member Melanie was out there today, and called at 1056 with the report of Kaiwi (RK96) at China Walls. Thank You Melanie... ya’ done good !
At 0830 Team Billand checked in with the report of Kermit (R012) foraging off shore of Nimitz Cove. He would briefly haul out to the #1813 pavilion at Nimitz Cottages, but was quickly run off by screaming kids. He would haul out to Nimitz Cove at 1025. Kermit departed at 1500.
At 0846 the Billands found Ewa Girl (RS00) at Wind Sock.

Last but certainly not least, Happy 6th Birthday to Kerby !!!

 Nani at Rabbit Island 
 Sadie pup and Aukai -  Thank Goodness Aukai is back home on RABBIT island.
 unidentified female 
 Kaiwi at China Wall 
 Meli with her tail in the air!
 this cutey!  seems like forever since we've posted a pic of her.
 T21 at Sandy's
 Ewa Girl at windsock
 Kermit at Nimitz
Happy Birthday Kerby - seems like yesterday looking through the scope and seeing my very first monk seal pup ever.  AND now he's a grown man seal. :-)