Big Island of Hawaii lizard, not a gecko. White stripe down the back.
Near airport; photo credit: Jacks Diving Locker; rights reserved; borrowed under fair use doctrine. A not to be missed experience in Hawai'i!
Commonly planted and forming hedges in Kailua Kona, Hawai'i.
Planted on Hulihe'e Palacegrounds, Kailua Kona.
Several individuals of humpback whales seen breaching near the coast of Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
Didn't cooperate for a photo, but just sat and watched me as the car pulled up before darting under a rock. Definitely a mongoose.
Colonizing a barren lava flow. Endemic & endangered. This is on National Park Service land & was highlighted by an interpretive sign, so I don't think I'm giving away any secrets by revealing its location.
honu #28 takes a snooze
12 mm long (incl wings). Outdoors at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (seacoast, near woods, lava plain, small boat harbor).
Aha -- Balta? see cookislands.bishopmuseum.org/species.asp?id=9346.
B. similis? www.dddi.org/Pacific/PacificMedia/media/images/451.JPG
Nonnative. Led me on a merry hide-and-seek, but finally caught it in all its glory. I can see why a certain corporation chose this species as its mascot. It doesn't get much cuter!
This is one of the native honeycreepers, found in hibiscus at our B&B. Not a great shot, but I was pleased to get any at all.
Common in upland habitats -- the 1st one we saw was at 4000 ft -- but seen in more typical shorebird habitat as well.
Pallid Ghost Crab (Ocypode pallidula), per www.marinelifephotography.com/marine/arthropods/crabs/ocy.... Carapace width 8-9 mm. Incredible camo, not only in terms of coloration but also behavior. These guys looked uncannily like wind-blown debris, running with a fluid, stop-start motion, and when they froze they were utterly invisible. I just pointed the camera at where I though it had last been and hoped for the best.
In a B&B/coffee plantation garden. Nonnative. Some sources indicate synonymous with Gasteracantha cancriformis.
green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), Kona, Hawaii