Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2/7/2017 DB's Dailies: Kea,A/M&UU@Rabbit Island, Pohaku@Makaha Surfside Condos, Kekoa,Kolohe&RW02@Maili Pt, Kaiwi@Makalei BP

It was a beautiful day, with clear visibility, and yet I still had unknowns at Rabbit Island.

 At 0745 I found a new coated male with at least a LHF tag, at 3BS. Due to an almost constant “shake&bake” condition I could never get any markers. He departed early so ???

 At 1014 Kea (RN46) hauled out fronting 1BS, and galumphed to the far left end of the beach, where he remained all day.

 Even though its a U/U , the highlight of my day came at 1027. I learned lonnnnng ago that you must look at RI from tip to tip. Even though logic says there can’t possibly be anybody out on the impact zone areas at the extreme ends of the island. On my umpteenth pan of the island, at 1027 I spied a likely looking image amongst the rocks, just short of the “Rabbit’s Nose”, at the far right end, and sure enough after a few hours of observation I saw movement and a fore flipper.

 At 0734 Team Billand checked in with the report of Pohaku (RO28) at the Makaha Surfside Condos. At 0914 they called again with the report of 3 animals at Maili Point. They would prove to be Kekoa (RK72), Kolohe (RW22) & RW02.

 In the Yesterday’s News department, posse member Val sent shots from Kauai. Her finds were R313, R8HY (a irregularly regular Oahu visitor), and our pal Squinty (R330), back home to Kauai for vacation. Thanks Val !!!

 Posse member Colleen Heyer checked in to advise that she did a shift with Kaiwi (RK96), who had been at Makalei BP since 10 this morning. She was still there at dark.

 Team Billand heard from Tracy today regarding their find of the small, male unknown with an injured nose, at Nanakuli on 2-4-17. Tracy advised that she had nothing on this animal and has assigned him the Temp411 designation.

 R330 Squinty
 Kekoa and Kolohe

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