Thursday, October 23, 2014

10/23/2014 And HEEEEEERRRRE's Haupu

DB you were right.... Diane T did come through with pictures of Haupu.... Thank you Diane and a special shout out to the folks that helped out at Paradise Cove.... 

volunteer Lauri doing some outreach!
 the beautiful Haupu

10/23/2014 DB's Dailies: Kea@SB, Kolohe,Duke,Kainoa,Kaiwi&Buster@RI, T990@Kahala, Haupu@PC&Lani's, Right Spot@MCBH

At 0610 I found an overnighted Kea (RN46) snoozin’ in his favorite Naupaka at the Sandy Beach outfall. He has remained all day. Gayle called a 1733 to advise that Kea had departed.

At 0819 I found a 30% molted Kolohe (RW22) & Duke (RA12) in Morning Glory, left of 1BS on Rabbit Island. They would both move to the water line mid morning.

On pan at 0919 I became aware of a partially visible animal behind the water front rocks, 30 ft left of 3BS. It would require a couple of hours of observation, but Kaiwi (RK96) finally showed me her forehead natural bleach, and her chest scar. She would remain there all day.

At 1147 what would prove to be Kainoa (RN04) hauled out to the left end of the beach. Both Kolohe & Duke galumphed over to join him. Kolohe got prime positioning and began interacting with Kainoa, moving him toward the water. The entered the water at 1220 and play activity commenced. I could only catch occasional glimpses of the action , but ate 1225 I became aware that there were now 3 animal in the action. Kainoa got out of the way and Kolohe and the other adult sized animal had words in the shallows. Kolohe would depart. I later found him hauled out at Seal Rock Inlet. At 1236 Kainoa hauled out at 1BS and close behind ,what turned out to be Buster (RV08)followed. His ID was based on his mottled male belly, and thankfully his 3 red tags.

I got the first T990 call at 0630. The 2nd at 1201. I questioned both callers and determined that we were talking about T990, right where he had been yesterday. I notified Dana after the initial call.

When the Billands checked in after being skunked on their usual Reef Runway check, I mentioned T990). They decided to take a “Busman’s Holiday” and go meet him, for the very first time. Thank you Team for the shots.

At 0839 Diane Terai called with the report of Haupu (RB24) at Paradise Cove. Dana called in the afternoon to advise that Haupu had relocated to Lani’s. Beverly had provided an inconclusive shot, however she had confirmed the RB24 tag. Diane T., will no doubt also have additional photos.

During an afternoon phone conversation with Brandi I think I understood that Right Spot (R016) remained at MCBH.

 Duke Kainoa and Kolohe 
 Instead of the great pumpkin patch we have the Kea patch
 I guess we like things to be soft and cozy
 and now for the shake and bake look
 I can only imagine Barb was THRILLED to catch up with this old dude.... I can totally understand wanting to "meet"  one of the elders (actually a soon to be gone generation of seals)
I guess it doesn't matter what beach your on.... there are those who are clueless....

10/22/2014 Lesley's Update

It's been a hot/rainny muggy day out here @ Ka'ena. 
At first dawn light I checked on RW02 "Kauai PV" (from the driveway) there was a long trail down to the water and no seal.
Just past 2:00PM as I was walking down the road heading to hike the point, Kimo called from Laniakea saying it was raining really heavy. 
Looking back in that direction I saw it coming fast from all sides. Change of plans were in order so I strolled down to the beach.
To my surprise the turtle I saw from the corner of my eyes turned put to be a very green little RN58 "Luana". 
She hauled out found a comfy spot on the sand and went to sleep.
No signs or SPZ were needed. Hotline was informed
We'll check on her again this evening.  Aloha, Lesley

10/22/2014 DB's Dailies: Kolohe&Duke@RI, Kea@SB, Kaiwi&Buster@BF, T990@Kahala

On my 0615 I found that Kea was no longer at the outfall , Sandy Beach. I picked up the stuff.

At 0704 I found what would prove to be a 20% molted Kolohe (RW22) in the Morning Glory , left of 1BS, and Duke (RA12) at the far left end of the beach. Kolohe would galumph down to join him at 0925. They were the Rabbit Island cast for today. Off & on rain made it a tough day at the pier.

At 1028 on a routine cruise through Sandy Beach, I found a newly arrived Kea (RN46), just galumphing up the outfall. I cordoned him off and he remains. Kea was still there at dark. Thanks to auntie Gayle.

When I arrived at Lanai Lookout at 1100, I found Kaiwi (RK96) & Buster (RV08) together on Buster Flats. This marks Buster’s return to the ol’ neighborhood after is Critter Cam adventure and a brief SW quadrant visit. The boy is back home ! They were still there on my 1600 check.

Seeing Buster was certainly a highlight, but finding afternoon email from Karen Rohter, advising that she had found T990 west of the hotel in Kahala was right up there too. I have not see the old dude since he left Makai Pier on the 10-16-14

In the Yesterday’s News department Kimo Smith sent shots from his Ka’ena Point trek yesterday. He found RW02 at Camp Erdman, Luana (RN58) at 10 Minute Beach, RK36, and a 100% molted BG (R303) at the point.

Duke and Kolohe
 Kaiwi and Buster 
 Kea at Sandys
 T990 visiting Kahala
Yesterday's News from Kimo BG at Ka'ena Point
Luana at 10 minute beach

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10/21/2014 Lesley's Waikiki and Ka'ena Point Monitoring

As I was getting our the door to drive out to NS to do the KPt monitoring I was asked to check Waikiki for a seal that had hauled out last night. I walked back and forth from WAQ to Duke's statue, spoke to HPD Officer and to Ocean Safety no one had seen or had any report of a seal.
I made it to KPt late. As I drove past Camp Erdman I stopped to check on an again overnighted RW02 "Kauai". He's looking skinny but very handsome in his new coat.
After checking in at Kimo's house and unloading the car I headed out to KPt solo. 
RN58 "Luana" has been hauling out at 10mts beach and that's where I found her. Sleeping peacefully. On my way back she was still there, had moved up because of tide and had a stick fence around her.
At the point I found RK36 "Kauai Kolohe" sleeping on the pebble beach near the water line.
@4:30PM made it back to the house after checking again on RW02 "Kauai PV"
It was a pleasant hike today, among some breef showers. They are lots of big puddles left over from "Ana" as well as some mud.
We'll be back out tomorrow  Aloha,  Lesley