Near airport; photo credit: Jacks Diving Locker; rights reserved; borrowed under fair use doctrine. A not to be missed experience in Hawai'i!
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.
Convolvulaceae. Hawaii endemic subspecies. Creeping vine growing at border between beach & stony forest. The flowers were being visited by black ants.
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
This might be an interesting dragonfly. I saw common green darners (Anax junius) in three different places on my trip to Hawaii, but this one lacks the blue abdomen that can be so conspicuous in A. junius. One darner option that does has a dark abdomen, like the one shown here, is the Giant Hawaiian Darner (Anax strenuus). See photos on OdonataCentral (one, two) and a TNC photo on Facebook. Note that there seems to be lots of photos on the internet of A. junius that have been incorrectly labeled as A. strenuus. So, to avoid contributing to the problem, I'll first ID this as Anax and seek out confirmation that it is A. strenuus or something else.
A. strenuus is "common in higher elevation areas...[but] Adults will patrol stream and wetland areas and even can sometimes be found close to sea level," according to the Hawaii Biological Survey/Bishop Museum website.
Thought I was looking at a different species, but this should be an immature orange-form female.
Yellow-billed cardinal in the tidal pool.
Sort of a far-off photo, but I think this was a lone shoveler out in this brackish pond.
Brackish mud. Very abundant.