Friday, August 31, 2007
I got my 500 GB hard drive on the plane today so I can at least make some room on my laptop hard drive. 12,000 pictures with a 10.1 Megapixel camera really takes up a lot of space.
I've also got some news. I'm going back to Honolulu on Sunday. I'll be there until Friday. I have a cracked tooth that has been bothering me for a while and we have 4 planes in 8 days. I have enough sick leave saved up to take the whole week off, but if I work, I'll get to stay for free. So while I'm there I'm going to work on loading up our supply barge and also get heavy equipment training. The guy who just gave my tractor training will train me on the forklift and backhoe in Haleiwa, which is on the North Shore of Oahu. Then I'll be able to do all kinds of work around here.
I haven't decided yet whether or not to take my computer so I might be offline for a week. I'll let you know.
Here's the John Deere tractor that I'm finally allowed to drive.
Here's the Sette pulling in early this morning. They brought us some supplies and took some things back to Honolulu for us. You can see the clouds that rained on us all day behind them.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This is what the bunchgrass looks like. We're trying to get it to grow pretty much over the entire island.
This is the Fish & Wildlife office. That is a whale skeleton that was on the beach. It's in the native plant garden where we have examples of most of our native plants.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
This is the same weanling female from yesterday that was playing with the electrical cable. Now she's taking a rest next to a beach debris crate.
This is the place we call "Rusty Bucket". It's full of old rusty stuff.
This is a view down the old north/south runway that isn't used anymore. It's just filled with weeds but an airplane could land on it if it's a real emergency.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I also saw a seal playing with some old electrical wire. That's the kind of stuff we pick up along with the nets because the seals will play with anything and end up getting hurt or drowned. I also saw one albatross chick yesterday near the seaplane hangar. I think that was finally the last one here since no one has seen any for about a week. This one didn't make it though. I went by today and saw that it died about 100 yards from the water. It probably hadn't been fed for a while. But that's how it goes on Midway.
This is a small seal born this year playing with the frayed cable.
Part of Radar Hill before chainsawing ironwoods.
Same spot after cutting ironwoods.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
We banded 4 new tropic bird chicks today. They have to be just about ready to fledge before we band them so they'll be likely to survive and the band won't fall off their tiny legs. When they look like the two from yesterday's picture they are old enough. While we were checking the tropic bird plot, Greg spotted a big glass ball floating in the harbor. It was a 10" diameter green one. We had to fish it out of the harbor with a long boat hook. We also had to duct tape a long stick to the end since it was about 15 ft out.
The greenhouse is pretty much like any other. I've been spending a lot of time here lately.
This is out behind the greenhouse. That's a white tern chick on the wheelbarrow. The adults lay their eggs just about anywhere that an egg will not fall off of and when it hatches, the chick sits there until it fledges. I guess we won't be using this wheelbarrow for a month or so.
A scenery picture from cargo pier.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
There are a few parents hanging around their chicks, but usually they fly off and leave their chicks alone while they get food. There are no predators on the island and its warm so the chicks are usually ok alone.
These are two red-tailed tropic bird chicks that live under the same tree but on opposite sides. This day the one on the left wandered over to the other side. They squawked at each other for 5 minutes, then the one went back to the other side. These are the birds who really can't use their legs for much other than scraping along the dirt so it was a pretty big trip for it. These two should be ready to fledge in maybe 2 weeks
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
See, I told you the dolphins weren't doing anything yesterday.
White tern chicks are great to take pictures of because they are everywhere and they don't really care if you're next to them. The adults are always around too. Today one landed on me while I was emptying spiders out of a bag of bunchgrass seeds.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Here's a white-tailed tropic bird. They are a little smaller than the red-tails and they have a yellow bill instead of bright red. Oh yeah, and a white tail. You can check out my earlier pics of the red-tails or I can post another one tomorrow if you really want.
Here's a Curlew that was out near the seaplane hangar. They will come close to you if you whistle at them. There are quite a few down here now. I don't know where these guys came from but they come here after breeding season to hang out.
I'm just giving you this picture because it looks like the white tern is bigger than the seaplane hangar.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I saw this green sea turtle yesterday afternoon in the harbor eating all those little plant pieces around it.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Another scenery picture. This was taken from the little peninsula on the south side of the island. The dark blue water is outside the atoll and the light blue-green water is inside.