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Aloha all and welcome to another one of these photo diaries.

Hawaiian Dream

Eagle Rays
Spotted Eagle Rays

Green Turtle
Green Turtle

Gramps Retreats
I haven't dived this spot is a few weeks so it was nice to see my old friend Gramps the yellowmargin moray.  Here he/she is retreating back into its hiding spot.

Christmas Tree Worm
Christmas Tree Worm
Christmas Tree Worm
Christmas Tree Worms

Spirobranchus giganteus

These two brightly colored fans are the feeding and respiration parts of a worm buried in the lobe coral.

Tiny Crab on Sea Star
Tiny Crab on the surface of a Sea Star
Possibly a juvenile convex crab. It is very tiny.

Orangemouth Lizardfish
Orangemouth Lizardfish

Laurent's Hermit Crab
Laurent's Hermit Crab

Spotted Eagle Ray
Spotted Eagle Ray

Spinner Dolphin
Spinner Dolphin

And now for some lanai dragons, actually called gold dust day geckos (Phelsuma laticauda), commonly called kona geckos in Hawaii. These beautiful geckos are natives of Madagasgar and were introduced to Hawaii in 1974.  They are now common in Kona on the Big Island and here on Oahu as well as other locations. At my condo in windward Oahu we just recently have been invaded by a bunch of these little jewels. In reality that are an invasive pest in a fragile ecosystem but I have to say that we are stoked to have them on the lanai. They are quite beautiful and entertaining.
Gold Dust Day Gecko
Gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda)
They are very contentious little buggers.  They often do threat displays at each other by turning their bodies sideways and sticking out their tongues as below:
Gold Dust Day Gecko
Gold Dust Day Gecko

This video was shot and narrated by the trophy girlfriend, the former skyscaper gal who is transitioning to grass shack gal:

Yes we have been putting fruit out for them.  Baiting is a big no no for any good wildlife photographer.  We have to live with ourselves and our transgressions.

I will finish with this shot from a couple of weeks ago.  We have had an extraordinary number of electrical storms in Hawaii this spring.
Kaneohe Bay Electrical Storm

Thanks so much for visiting.  Since her passing I am retiring the position of complaint department.




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