Maui Moments

 

Maui Moments

When:  January 2018            Weather : Hot

Leica M240/35mmsummilux           Nikon P900

Stayed at the Grand Wailea Hotel in Maui on the second leg of our Hawaiian sojourn and whilst the beach and sunsets were pleasant enough, the local fauna were of greater interest to us.   We had intended to do the road to Hana which everyone seems to do but problems with our guide meant that we just hired a car and did some local touring instead. We were actually not too disappointed about missing out on the looooong drive to Hana as it gave us time to do some other things which didn’t involve such a long journey…

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Sunset on beach outside Wailea

 

On the way to the coastal town of Lahaina was a bird sanctuary called Kealia Bird Sanctuary and Pond Boardwalk which are two separate areas separated by the main road.  We drove beyond the boardwalk about half a mile and turned right into a side road to turn around and approach the boardwalk from the other direction to access the car park…which was full so we had to park on the grass verge….

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The boardwalk at Kealia is well signposted and pretty scenic…here a signboard showing the endangered black necked stilt that is one of the three main species found here…

 

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An actual Black necked stilt

 

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another view

 

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the boardwalk aat Kealia

 

 

 

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black capped night heron

 

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The endangered Hawaiian Coot

 

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Hawaiian Moorhen or Gallinule

 

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we can also walk down to the beach from the boardwalk

 

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Hawaiian sparrow

 

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Western Sandpiper (thanks to Bob Kaufman for ID)

 

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Wandering Tattersall

 

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White faced Ibis

 

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white faced ibis

 

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Bittern

 

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Pacific golden plover

 

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the beautiful wetlands at Kealia

 

We had been told that this was whale season and although we were both not very good on the water, we elected to join one of the whaling boat trips.  The morning dawned with extremely gusty winds and choppy seas..not a good omen…

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the gusty winds at the harbor

 

The boat ride was turbulent with spray drenching us often….and the humpback whales were elusive….

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at last we saw a fin flashing!

 

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and then the small dorsal fin on top of the humpback whale’s back

 

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dorsal fin

 

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and then a tail fin emerged

 

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the nose appeared

 

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a rainbow next to the boat

 

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finally it breached the surface

 

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and then crashed back to the sea

 

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with a big splash!

 

The boat journey was rough  but sighting the humpback whale frolicking made it all worthwhile.  Recommended

 

 

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