Thursday, September 18, 2014

9/17/2014 DB's Dailies: Kea@SB, Kaiwi,Kekoa,Kainoa&Nani@RI, Makaiwi@Waialua, T990&T21M@DH, Kolohe&Pohaku@GR, Nihoa@Keaau's, UU@Kaimana

At 0604 I found an overnighted Kea (RN46) tucked into the Naupaka on the outfall at Sandy Beach. He would move down to cool off mid day, and back up to the Naupaka in the evening. He remains at dark.

 At 0940 , from Makai Pier, I found what would prove to be Kaiwi (RK96) at Seal Rock Inlet on Rabbit Island. She would relocate to 3BS at 1053.

 At 1128 Kekoa (RK72) hauled out to join here. After some interaction Kaiwi entered the water at 1145 with Kekoa right behind her. I watched them for a few minutes in the water , but ultimately lost them.

 On a pan at 1145 I found a newly arrived Nani (RK60) & Kainoa (RN04) together at 1BS at the left end of the beach. Nani’s molt is 75%.

 Diane Gabriel called at 0720 from the Hotline to advise of a call about “4DE”, Makaiwi (R4DE) at Crozier Dr., Waialua. She said the caller called again a few minutes later to report that she had departed.

 At 0811 Colleen Heyer called to advise that T21M had been at her house at 0615 ,but was gone on her 2nd check. She said T990 was still in the bushes.

Christian Young called at 0935 to advise that T990 was out from under the bushes, and snoozin’ on the water front rocks

 At 0830 Team Billand advised that they had gotten a Dana call about 2 animals at Guard Rails. They confirmed the Kolohe (RW22) & Pohaku (RO28) ID.

 The Billands called at 1549 with the report of a 100% molted , Nihoa (R912) at Keaau’s.

 Dana called at 1820 with word of “a green animal” at Kaimana. Awaiting further word.

 Kaiwi and Kekoa
 Nani and Kainoa
 Kea escaping the heat in the Naupaka
 and blending in quite nicely with the green
 
 u/u 
 T990 hanging out at Diamond Head
Nihoa (R912) 
 Pohaku and Kolohe
 Pohaku thinking about going as phantom of the opera for Halloween

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9/16/2014 DB's Dailies:Kaiwi,Kekoa,Kainoa,Nani&Aukai@RI, Kea@SB, T990&T21M@DH, Buster@NIM, Pohaku@Nanakuli, Kolohe@GR, Nihoa@Keaau's

On my first look at Rabbit Island at 0659, I found Kaiwi (RK96) at 3BS, and Kekoa (RK72) at Seal Rock Inlet.

 When I got back to Makai Pier at 0914, I noted that Kekoa was gone, however at 0922 he hauled out to join Kaiwi. They would both enter the water at 0927. I did not see them again today.

 Also at 0914 I found Nani (RK60)(70% molted), and Kainoa (RN04) just hauling out together to the left end of the beach. Kainoa would depart at 0956. At 1013 a 100% molted Aukai (RL12) hauled out to join Nani. They remained there together the rest of the day.

 At 1444 Ocean Safety called with the report of an animal just hauling out to the east end of Sandy Beach. I was just down at Crappy Cove with a couple of Honolulu Magazine guys so we were there in 2 minutes. It would prove to be Kea (RN04). The magazine guys were stoked and shot the arrival, and the setting up of the SPZ. Kea remained at dark.

Diane Gabriel (Hotline) called at 0815 with a report of “4DV”, T990 at the Black Point end of Diamond Head. Colleen responded and confirmed the T990 ID. Posse member Christian Young also checked in on him. Colleen advised he was still there this afternoon, and had changed positions. 

Colleen wins the Turkey today ! She called at 1810 to advise that she had just discovered T21M on the beach, behind her house !!! She advised that both the old dudes were still there at dark.

 At 1049 Team Billand reported Pohaku (RO28) at Depots Beach, Nanakuli. Dana advised that Pohaku had departed at 1600.

The Billands advised that Buster (RV08) had hauled out to White Plains at 1120, but would depart at 1215 , beginning a swim to the west, stopping at Kalaeloa CG, Wind Sock and finally Nimitz Cottages at 1223. He would depart at 1240.

 At 1421 the Billands found Kolohe (RW22) at Guard Rails. Dana advised that Kolohe was gone at 1815. At 1618 he reported a 99% molted Nihoa (R912) at Keaau’s .

 Val Bloy sent shots from Kauai yesterday showing a molting KC (RK28), & RF28 (Pohaku’s boy), and RF58 (Rocky’s girl). Thank You Val!
Aukai and Nani
Kaiwi and Kekoa
Kea
T21M visiting Auntie Colleen
 T990 catching some shade under the shrubs
 I bet a lot of people would have loved to hide in the shade today
Buster arriving at Nimitz
 Dude,,, excuse me
 brrruuuupppp cog ackkkkk tui
 Well EXCUSE me,.,. but what do you sound like hacking up a mouthful of sand
 okay then I'm out of here
 Kolohe at Guard Rails
 Pohaku at Nanakuli
KC hanging out on Kauai again... thank you Miss Val for sharing
 I don't know if its the contrast on the photo, or if her belly looks weird
!
 RF28
 RF58

9/16/2014 Report Update from Lesley

Three volunteers go out on a mission and none reports the one finding of the day, probably cause one thought the other one was going to do it.

I choose the scenic route to go meet Diane, on my way I stopped @ Blowhole to look at the big south swell and met DB there doing a morning check. Shortly after another of my stops I saw him walking down Makai Pier.
 

Diane & I did our usual stops searching for seals along the Windward coast from Kualoa, Kaaawa, Punalu'u, Hauula, Ponders, Laie, Malaekahana, Kahuku BP, Marconi Rd / out to High Rock. We picked up Karen T. on our way, stopped for lunch then did the TBR monitoring.

Our only find was RK82 "La'akea" @ Kaihalulu Beach (main beach @ Right Spot's spot) - she is looking beautiful in her new coat.

We swept Kaihalulu Beach towards "Elbow Beach" and did not see a sign of haul out / trails. It doesn't look like the seals have been using the beach there for several weeks now.

With the exception of Karen & Diane reports, and sometimes Dr. Tom we haven't had any other seal sighting calls. 
 
We have already checked-in to solve the issue of the disappearance and misplacing of the signs @ TBR.   Aloha, Lesley 
 Seal Whisperer on his way to his perch 
for those who aren't familiar with Makai pier.... the little building in the back is where DB sits and watches the seal on Rabbit Island through a scope.... his photos are amazing is ability to SEE and ID them unbelievable !!!
 two dedicated trekkers who are out there with Lesley
Diane and Karen
 La'akea