I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. We had a good one out here with the usual turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. We rarely all sit down to eat together, and it's nice once in a while. It's another one of those weeks that I don't have a lot to talk about since I've mostly been doing office work or looking for sick ducks around the seeps.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The albatrosses are almost all back now and the Black-footed albatrosses have started laying eggs. We still haven't seen the female Short-tailed albatross on Eastern Island yet. It's been fairly quiet on island since the Hawaiian group left, but there are a couple of things I have for show and tell.
We had a nice Veterans Day Ceremony at the Navy Memorial on Monday. The Thai guys do a a great job making the wreaths from the local flowers.
Back in June and July a couple of film makers stopped by to shoot an episode of "Wild Hawaii" for the Animal Planet Network. I found out on Tuesday that it was airing on Tuesday, so I didn't get a chance to tell you about it. Sorry about that. I hope some of you chanced upon it. If not, maybe you can check the online schedule to see when it will rerun?
We had another beautiful sunrise on Friday.
Three more birds are coming to join the rest.
The grapefruit in the orchard are almost ready to pick. The oranges are a bit further along.
A small fishing boat washed up on Eastern a couple of weeks ago. It looks like it might be tsunami debris from Japan. We're checking into it and I'll let you know what we find out about it.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks to all veterans who've served at Midway, those I served with during my 6 years in the Navy, and those who've served anywhere in the world. We'll be having a small ceremony tomorrow at the Navy Memorial.
This is one of the few photos I have from my time on the USS-Honolulu (SSN-718). I'm down in the engineroom of the sub out in front of this battle group. I remember the crew up in the control room were worried that if the engines stopped, we'd be in trouble. We were moving pretty fast in this photo, and the carrier was closer than it looks. I enjoy my view a little better nowadays than I did in back then.
More of the albatross have been appearing every day. We haven't seen any nests yet, but it won't be long now. The weather is cooling down, but we've still been having perfect days. Not hot, but sunny with a bit of a breeze.
This is our Navy Memorial on Veteran's Day, 2007. The big gooney bird is no longer there. It had been getting eaten by termites and damaged by weather, so after years of patching, we finally sent it off to Honolulu to get a copy made. We just have to wait until we can get money for it from donors.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
A lot of albatross are showing up now that the wind has shifted from the south to north. I think it was tougher for them to fly back here against the wind. We've seen 2 Short-tailed albatrosses so far, the one that sits by the runway, and the male of the pair on Eastern Island. More Black-footed and Laysan albatross are showing up every day.
We had a small Halloween party last week at Capt. Brooks' Tavern. Nothing to crazy, since it was a Wednesday night, and our island population is pretty low right now. A few people dressed up, but I didn't take many pics.
A Black-footed albatross flies by. I just noticed I put up a lot of bird photos this week. Next week I'll try to mix it up a bit more.