Monday, May 14, 2007
Laysan Albatross Chick
Albatross nesting season mostly over but there are a few big, fluffy youngsters left at the Kaena Point nesting grounds. This one had parked himself right next to the trail.
Also saw monk seals, and a big pod of dolphins in Waimea Bay, and a pair of Hawaiian stilts fishing in one of the Kahuku shrimp farm ponds. This is more endemic species than I have ever seen. Plus we had a fantastic surf workshop yesterday - lovely 2-foot waves, warm water, couldn't ask for nicer conditions for a surfing practice/de-rusting situation.
It's very entertaining to say "49 degree water" in a surfing context to residents here. They wince.