Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Puako, Big Island

 Our home for a week in Puako, Big Island. Lovely house with 2 bedrooms and a small bathroom. It's nicely updated and everything was supplied to make us feel at home. We were able to cook several meals at the house instead of eating out daily.  The tide pools in the backyard provided us with turtles and sea creatures during low tides and swimming or snorkeling in the warm water during high tides. Of course, living this close to the ocean has its cons as well. Falling asleep to the sounds of waves and winds takes some getting used to. Dead bugs around the sink, ants circling the trash area, flying beetles, several cockroaches and lizards came with the house. Plus, the platform beds let out a grunt every time one of  us turned in the bed, making for a few restless nights. 

Long stretches of beach at low tides. Great for walks and exploration without any disturbances. 

One of the 6 turtles that we saw by the tide pools behind the house. Taking their time feeding, swimming and basking in the sun.

                         Wonderful patio for BBQ lunches and dinners. Can't beat the ocean views.
                                                  Angelfish shot from above the water surface.

A sea cucumber

                                                          Growing sea coral
                                                             Another sea coral
                               Bigger sea coral providing food and shelter to little fishes.
                          One of the many sea urchins. Thank goodness for water shoes.
Can't tell whether this was a sea coral or another sea urchin cohabitating with other living creatures.

                                                 View of Maui island in the distance.

 Turtle lazing in the sun- vacation every day.

                                              Hawaiian sunset from the backyard.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The bird that could, Kolea.

We were in Big Island, Hawaii 3 weeks ago for the spring break. Was looking forward to a relaxing week at the beach front rental as I was tired and stressed from work and home life. I thought wrong. No sleep the first night or the next few nights thereafter. If it's not the crashing waves outside my bedroom door, then it's the howling wind bristling the trees or high waves alert issued due to the earthquake in Chile. Cozying up a little too closely to nature this time around.
Each morning (except for one) at 6 am when the sun rises, the birds started chirping outside my bedroom window. Then, precisely at 6:15 every morning, there's this one bird who sits on the fence outside my window making dog yelping sounds followed by non stop loud shrieks of "ki-u, ki-u". Forget about sleeping in. At first, I was looking for a dog but then realized I should be looking for a bird when I saw this one outside. The only morning this bird didn't wake me up was the day that I got up at 4:30 am to go deep sea fishing.  Had been sick for 2 weeks now since I came home. More tired than before. So much for a relaxing vacation.
Apparently, this is no ordinary bird. It's called the kolea in Hawaiian, otherwise known as the Pacific Golden Plover. I read online that it's a migratory bird that flew thousands of miles non stop from Alaska to Hawaii for the winter then vice versa back to Alaska for nesting during summer. This particular one had put on weight and gained some muscles in preparation for its flight back to Alaska come late April or May.  Not only that, it's developed the black underbelly feathers and golden speckled ones on top for breeding purposes. Have a good trip, mighty bird.