Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Klingons, here is a real bird of prey! Great Blue Heron, Santee Lakes. These amazing birds hunt just about anything they can swallow, from your favorite Koi, right out of the pond, on down to ground squirrels, peaking out of their holes.
Had a wonderful stroll along Santee Lakes in Santee, California. These man-made lakes are fed with reclaimed water and are just teaming with bird life!
Crow chasing a red-shouldered hawk.
Grace's Warbler, Western Form
Ruddy Duck getting out of Dodge!
Wood Duck, likely a beneficiary of one of the many wood-duck nesting boxes that have been added to the trees in the park.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
We spent the afternoon strolling along the Mission River, enjoying the variety and huge flocks of birds wintering along the tidal flats near the mouth of the Mission River. The river is a favorite spot for birders with their binoculars and large telephoto lenses. A Winter walk along the river is a great way to get out and see all sorts of migratory waterfowl, all while staying within the city boundaries.
This common merganser was hunting for fish between the boulders along the shore.
Saturday, January 03, 2015
It was a brilliantly sunny day at Magic Island Park and everyone was out enjoying the weather...
Cruise liner and a fishing boat. Never play chicken with a cruise liner!
Ala Wai Yact Harbor, Waikiki and Diamond Head
Kamehameha Canoe Club
Green sea turtle sunning at the surface
What nicer place to get married than on the beach in Hawaii?
I'm used to seeing Mokoli'i as a quiet and peaceful view from Kualoa. However, it was warm and sunny last Saturday and there was quite the party going on at Mokoli'i Island! There were so many people, we found ourselves wondering if someone put the island in a guide book. The beach was full of surfboards and kayaks and there were people wading between Kualoa park and Mokoli'i Island and others scaling the side of the slope. The view is probably spectacular from the top of Mokoli'i and this camera nut looked wistfully over, wishing this little Nikon could take a panorama with a wide angle lens from the top. Of course, that assumes that the camera made it over without getting soaked! Perhaps one of these days, with a little preparation and a good, waterproof camera bag.
A nice peaceful view of Mokoli'i Island. however, if you look closely, you'll see quite a crowd on the top and along the beach!
A buch of kayaks and surfboards/paddleboards along the shore.
People climbing down the somewhat treacherous slopes of Mokoli'i.
Even people wading back after enjoying the hike and view...
What do you think? Would you be first on the list to scurry up those slopes to see that amazing view of the Koolau Mountains or does it seem like somewhere that people just don't belong? It kind of looks like fun to me, but I can see both points of view.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
I never get tired of watching the huge schools of fish grazing on algae and flowing with the waves. I snapped over a hundred pictures before I was forced to head back to shore as the cold and shivering started to take its toll on those normally steady camera hands. The water had a fair amount of particulates, probably due to the recent rainstorms and, perhaps, due to people feeding the fish nearby so not all of the pictures were clear enough to keep. However, here are a few to give you an idea of the amazing variety of fish.
Convict tangs (Manini in Hawaiian) and Blue-lined Surgeon
Blue Parrotfish and Convict tangs
Threadfin Butterfly fish
White bar Surgeon and Convict Tang
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Finally a sunny day and a good excuse to get to the beach to snap some fish pictures. Here's a few pictures of what we saw!
Orangespine Unicornfish (left) and Fantail filefish (right)
Manini or Convict Tang and Bluespine Unicornfish browsing on algae on the reef.
White Mouthed Moray, Gymnothorax melealgris, possibly a male and a female.
White Mouthed Moray, Gymnothorax melealgris.
White Spotted Puffer
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
American Anole on Bromeliad, hunting for ants. The Bromeliad was about five feet tall, part of the beautiful gardens at the Dole Plantation.
Canoe team out practicing. There were three canoes going up and down the river, dodging the crowd of paddleboarders and canoes.
Hawaiian Duck coming out of the water to beg for food.
Mongoose checking me out. It walked past two cats and neither budged. In fact, they gave no sign of seeing that mongoose, not even a head turn or a flick of a tail! I suspect that they are old acqaintances...
Paddleboarding families on the Anahulu River. One Mom chose to keep her kid up close on the kayak but the other let her kid get up on the paddle board with Dad!
Green sea turtle coming up for air. They stayed close to the top of the water, except when the paddleboarders got a little too close, making it easy to have your camera ready when they popped their heads up to breathe. It seemed like there were four or five green sea turtles in the mouth of the Anahulu river, making for a nice turtle viewing spot for the passing paddle boarders, kayakers and for the people along the shore.
Two green sea turtles up for air at the same time! Could it be that there were even more than four or five of these in that little patch of water? I don't know why they are there; perhaps to eat algae or leaves/vegetation off of low lying trees.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
It was really raining hard today, sometimes so hard it was tough to see out the windshield. Most people were indoors at home or at the many malls, enjoying the holiday season. However, I've been hoping to see one of the most spectacular displays Kaneohe has to offer, where the Koolau Mountain range just lights up with waterfalls! Today was the day.
Waterfalls galore on a rainy day outing to the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens!
A damp but hungry chicken came up to the car hoping for food!
One of the many varieties of tropical plants at the botanical gardens.