Another whale sighting for us... we saw this towards the end of March, when the humpbacks are getting ready for their migration back to Alaska. In this group, there are numerous males fighting over one female as the time for mating runs short.
Every year, from about November to April, humpback whales migrate to Maui from Alaska to give birth to calves. The warm, shallow waters by Maui are a safe place for mother whales to raise their young.
Severe case of fibropapillomatosis
This was a huge tree In Hana Hawaii.
Green sea turtle with heavy FP tumor infestation.
No photo, sighting only. Pair of birds seen in flight.
Iao Valley State Park (below the visitors center), Maui, Hawaii, USA.
A few seen at Kealia Pond NWR, Maui, Hawaii, USA.
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a - the Official State Fish
Came across a flock of 4 or 5 Nene birds floating about the reservoir that comes out of Olowalu. The birds immediately flew North when our trucks roared by on the way to our LZ.
Came across multiple shruby a'ali'i while scouting along the ridges of Ha'enanui. This shrub-like plant has lance-shaped green leaves that are longer than they are wide.
Hiked through a large bowl dominated by Brazilian Pepper, or "Christmas Berry", today while looking for ungulate sign.
Another common bird of Maui, Spotted Doves can be found around Lahaina but even in the upper reaches of most stream gulches and mountain ridges. Birds look like pigeons, but with a black band with small yellow spots around the neck. Larger than most other birds commonly found in commercial and residential areas on the island.
Common dove around Lahaina Town. Commonly seen invasive species, especially down around Front St. Smaller than the Spotted Dove. Stripe-like marking on neck, and a pale blue and gray in color.
Unreal how many 'Apapane were flying around Mauna Alani. At times saw three or four birds flying over the top of the ridges I was hiking down. One perched just above my head while I rested under a large alien albesia.