At 0818 the Unknown fest began at Rabbit Island. I found what I believe to be yesterday’s juvenile female in the same left end location. I was simply never able to see enough of the animal to make an ID. Two more U/F were seen. One fronting 1BS, and the other fronting 3BS, on RI. Both would depart in the morning glare before any ID was possible.
At 0857 Kainoa (RN04) hauled out to join the 1BS U/F and after some interaction both would enter the water at 0910. Kainoa would haul out again to join the left end U/F at 1009. They remained together, the rest of the day.
At 1151 Gayle called with the report of Kaiwi (RK96) at China Walls.
At 1232 she reported an animal foraging at Spitting Cave. Even after checking the photos an U/U is required, though my dollar is on Duke, but ???
Posse member Andy called at 1710 to advise that she was watching 2 animals foraging at SC, but the glare was so bad no photos were possible. She advised that one was definitely smaller than the other. My vote...Duke&Kaiwi but ???????
A posse member called at 1506 to advise of an animal on the beach at the far Blowhole end of Sandy Beach. When I arrived at 1515 I found and cordoned off Buster (RV08).
I had yet another DOCARE Incident at RI today. At 1246 a lone adult male on a kayak hauled out fronting the 3BS, walked up to carefully read the sign and then proceeded to explore the island to the right, toward the rabbit’s nose. He started back, heading for the left end (where the two animals were) but thankfully my Brown Noddy army of birds began dive bombing him as he neared their nest holes at the Middle Cliff. He turned and ran like a little girl, returning back to his kayak and departing. DOCARE was waiting for him at Kaiona Beach Park, but he apparently hauled out at one of the Waimanalo houses instead so he got away clean. Next time !!
It was a busy little day at the pier today. Star-Advertiser photog Dennis Oda stopped by to do supporting shots for an interview that reported Nina did yesterday. Also stopping my were the Eitelbergs, Robin & Andrew. Except for the bad guy it was a fun day.
Team Billand called at 0627 with the report of Kolohe foraging off shore of Maili Guard Rails. He did a brief check of Nanakuli, but continued his adventure.
At 0713 the Billands reported a molting Pohaku (RO28) once again at Nanakuli.
At 0826 they reported a drive by, headed east, by RIP (RR70). His “N1" was showing.
At 1130 Team Billand advised of the arrival of M&M (R020) to White Plains. Thanks to Jean.
At 1500 she would be joined briefly by Benny (RE74). She wasn’t goin’ for it and he departed at 1504.