Sunday, June 16, 2013

Last Post for June

It was another beautiful week.  A few days of rain for the native plants, and a bit of sun to finish off the week and some nice flat water for the boat.  There are a lot of eggs hatching this time of year, so I'll put up a couple of chick pictures. 
I'm going to be off island for a few weeks again and won't be posting anything, but I'll be back in mid-July to post more pictures for you.   
This is a view of Sand Island from the boat (the island we live on).  It's not very big, is it?  It's about 2 miles across from this view. 

This Red-tailed tropicbird chick lives right behind the office. 

This White tern chick on the Eastern Island pier hatched a couple of days ago.  Most of the time, the chicks on the pier are too exposed and don't make it.

A fishing net washed into the atoll and got stuck on the coral.  I'll go back this week and get it before a seal or turtle gets stuck in it.  There's too much coral to get the boat in there, so I'll have to bring the kayak to float it out.

A Hawaiian monk seal was checking us out while we were snorkeling.

It's always easier to get fish pictures when it's calm.  You don't scare them away as much by kicking.  These are whitebar surgeonfish and convict tangs.

The grass is starting to grow all over the island now that the adult albatrosses aren't around to keep it stomped down.  This is the old fuel farm.

Another shot using the "Dramatic" setting on my Olympus underwater camera.

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