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This is another in a series of distraction diaries.  The purpose is to provide a brief respite from the battles of the day and to provide a reminder that we share this small planet with all kinds of amazing creatures.  I hope you enjoy it.

Sunset
Sunset  

Hawaiian Moorhen
Hawaiian or Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis  An endemic subspecies.  In Hawaiian mythology this bird brought fire to the Hawaiian people from the gods.

Hawaiian Moorhen Chick
Moorhen Chick Stretching Its Mighty Wings!

Hawaiian Moorhen Chick
Moorhen chick, Keep On Truckin'

Water
Water

Hawaiian Stilt
Hawaiian Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus knudseni, another endemic subspecies.  Also known in these diaries as the pink-legged silly bird.

Clouds
There was a bit of drama in the sky

Now lets us go briefly under the surface to see what is down there...

Yellowmargin Moray
A friendly Yellowmargin Moray, Gymnothorax flavimarginatus.  This is one of the larger and more common eels you see on the reef in Hawaii.  They are named for a bright yellow or green margin to their tails.

Hawaiian Lizardfish Party
We came across this little party of Hawaiian Lizardfish, Synodus ulae.  Despite the name they are not endemic.  These are voracious ambush predators that wait for prey camouflaged on the sandy bottom.
Hawaiian Lizardfish
Another shot of a Hawaiian Lizardfish.  The cloud of sand was one of the others jetting off.  They weren't into the paparazzi action.

Bloody Hermit Crab
Bloody Hermit Crab, Dardanus sanguinocarpus.  Lovely eyes, no?

Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle, Chelonia mydas.  Handsome Honu. (Please no Mitch McConnell comments, keep it clean and dignified)

Orangemouth Lizardfish
Orangemouth Lizardfish, Saurida flamma.  You might think the orange mouth wouldn't help with the whole ambush thing, but you have to know that the water filters out the red end of the spectrum first.  Without a camera flash this orange is a dull gray.

Starfish Closeup
Mystery photo, can you guess what this is?  

What the Heck IS This?
And another mystery photo that maybe someone out there can help me with.  What the heck IS this?

Potter's Angelfish
Potter's Angelfish, Centropyge pitteri.  AN endemic species and the only commonly seen angelfish in Hawaii.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis.  A very common alien species on Oahu, introduced from Florida in 1959.

Brown Booby
And here it is, your one booby.  This is a Brown Booby, Sula leucogaster plotus.  Possibly anticlimactic if you came here looking for something else.  If that is the case I have to refer you to the complaint department below.  Good luck.
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Complaint Department

Well that is it for this evening. I hope you have enjoyed your visit here and were not TOO disappointed with my booby. As always feel free to post your photos and please be good humans.

Sunset

Aloha

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Originally posted to Haole in Hawaii on Mon Jul 06, 2009 at 06:48 PM PDT.

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