I had caught a glimpse of one in the water by the bar at our hotel, but we'd been told they where almost guaranteed on the northern shore - so off we went.
Probably not my best option using a camera phone to photograph birds, however it's all I had to hand.
And I couldn't resist these little Brazilian Cardinals . . . or the waders fishing in the prawn producing ponds or what I think may be a type of (pretty cute) egret . . .
So much of hawaiian vegetation is non-native species, human contact, first by Polynesians and later by Europeans, has had a significant impact.
Papaya waiting to be picked.
At Waimea bay, two sea green turtles are laying, resting in the sun. Each turtle had an attendant and was crooned off from the public behind a red rope. Which amused me at first, that was until one of the volunteers explained that there had been some nasty attacks on the turtles . . .
It would seem that turtle do not have an awareness of people (this makes them vulnerable to our spices) and added to that, I was told, if we touch them and they have any broken skin we can infect them with our bacteria to which they have no immunity.
So, respect to the volunteers that train to look after these remarkable creatures and come down to the beach when ever the turtles appear.
This male is about 30 years old, they know the age from information on the tag just under his skin. He has scarring over his left eye, probably from a propeller blade, and has lost the use of that eye. Previously he was hospitalised so they could tend to the eye, and was released back into the sea about two weeks ago. His attendant thinks this chap is still in recovery from his head wound and will possibly rest more than usual.