Saturday, December 20, 2014

12/20/2014 DB's Dailies: RM38&Kainoa@RI, Kea@ETB, RW02,Luana&RL42@KP, Rocky@KK, Kolohe@Maili Pt

was at the Blowhole Lookout at 0615, on Kea watch. Sure enough at 0822 I found him just hauling out the water front rocks down in the Eternity Beach cove. I initially held off with the cordon so as not to draw attention to him, since he was well blended with the rocks. Eventually, however it became necessary once the adoring hordes began to arrive. Lesley call with the report of an animal at ETB, and I already knew that “the Santa Hat Girls” had been the callers. I cordoned him off, and he has remained the day. Gayle reported Kea gone at 1718. Much Mahalos to Gayle & Marilyn for picking up the stuff.

 At 1110 I found RM38 at the water line at the far left end of the beach on Rabbit Island.

 At 1129 Kainoa (RN04) hauled out, 30 ft right of 1BS. Both would remain the day.

 Just as we finished up with Kea at 1737 Lesley checked in with a Hotline call about an animal at Kokee Flats. Initial talk was about the sand bar at the Kaiser dock, and that is where I found the caller, however the animal which turned out to be Rocky (RH58) was partially submerged in Irma’s Grotto. ID was by her right shoulder pit scar.

 Marilyn checked in at 1109 from The End of the World to advise that she, Ken & Soon-Hwee Ng had found RW02 & Luana (RN58) cavorting in the waters off the Back Beach. They would later haul out together at the Back Beach. Near the Runway they found RL42 snoozin’ amongst the rocks.

 Team Billand called at 1330 with the report of Kolohe (RW22) at Maili Point.

 Kea at Eternity Beach 
go pros add a whole new element to harassment 
 super cutie
 Santa hat ladies
Kolohe at Maili Point
 Rocky at kokee flats
 ain't she sweet!
 RW02 and Luana
 Look how cute this is!!

12/19/2014 DB's Dailies: RM38&Aukai@RI, Kea@BH, Pohaku@Secrets, Haupu@WP, Benny@Makaha

While watching from above Eternity Beach at 0745 I saw Kea (RN46) come swimming into the ETB channel. He often does this during foraging, but whether or not he might have hauled out to ETB, was pretty much controlled by the professional photo shoot taking place right where he would have preferred to haul. He made no attempt to haul out, but instead moved to the entrance to the small cove on the Sandy Beach side of the Blowhole lookout at 0803. He would haul out to the cove at 0807, and remained there the rest of the day. Kea departed at 1746.

At 0945 I found what would prove to be Aukai (RL12) at the log, amongst the Morning Glory, 40 ft left of 1BS on Rabbit Island.

 At 1012 on a pan I found RM38 hauling out to the far left end of the beach. He began to move up, and Aukai began to move down. They would spend the rest of the day a mid beach. There was never any observed interaction.

Team Billand called at 0645 with the report of Pohaku (RO28) at Secrets. She was still there when they had to depart for two additional calls, at 1130.

At 1140 they called to advise that they were responding to a call of an animal at White Plains. When they arrived at 1149 they found Haupu (RB24) at Tower#1, White Plains. An 1830 text from Dana advised that Natalia had reported Haupu’s departure and that another U/U had arrived at 1630, but no ID was possible. Awaiting photos. The 1140 call had also advised of an animal at Lanikohonua, KoOlina. Shortly thereafter the Billands were advised that the animal had departed.

 Ocean Safety called at 1514 with a report of an animal at Makaha. The Billands called Debbie to go, and at 1548 Debbie confirmed that it was Benny (RE74).

Team Billand found an animal at Maili Pt, at 1642 but the rough surf and lousy observation conditions made an ID impossible. Hopefully, Barbara’s shots confirmed the Kolohe (RW22) ID.

 KEA doing a swim by
 he looks soooo little
 Benny at Makaha
 it's always unnerving seeing tire tracks on the beach...
 Kolohe @ Maili

 Pohaku at White Plains

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12/18/2014 DB's Dailies: RM38, RK36 & Kainoa @ RI, Kea @ Eternity Beach, Haupu @ White Plains,

At 0704 I found RM38 snoozin’ in the Morning Glory, at the log, 40 ft left of 1BS on Rabbit Island. I got back to Makai Pier at 0900, and at 0930 RK36 & Kainoa hauled out together fronting 1BS . All remained the day.

I got a Hotline call from Joanne Sepian at 0943 reporting an animal at Blowhole. Ho-Hum.... another Kea in his cove call......... Wrong !....Again !!!. When I arrived at 1053 I found Kea alright, but today he was at Eternity Beach !!! I cordoned him off, and he has remained. Mahalos to Melanie & Gayle, & especially to Nelson & Kathy S., who called at 1655 to advise that Kea was thinking about departing , and Nelson was down below starting to pick up the stuff. When I arrived at 1708, Kea was just entering the water, and Nelson and I humped the stuff back up to the top. I looked up the data, and sure enough Kea began his marathon, 10 day ETB stay last year at this exact same time, partly in the company of a visiting RA20. Hopefully, he will not repeat again this year... pleeeeeze !!  Seems like Kea is taking after his Momma (Irma) and giving DB a run for his money....  

 Team Billand checked in at 1254 with the report of Haupu (RB24) at Tower#1 , White Plains.

Kea at Eternity Beach 
 giving us da wink
 RF28 on Kauai 
 sweet little one
 Haupu at White Plains