This was one of my "dear sweet merciful Zeus, why did I take so many pictures?" days. As a result, I've got a lot of photos to share, so I'll just get right to it.
First, a few shots from the place we were staying, starting with a tiki emerging from a tree trunk, crafted by noted Kauai carver Johnnie "Keoni" Durant.
A koi pond that sits just a few feet from the carving:
One of the pond's massive fish:
Going for one of those artistic shots here:
After breakfast, Dad and I headed over to the Kilauea preserve. I snagged a bunch of bird shots, starting with this fairly distant look at a Brown Booby:
A pair of Great Frigatebirds:
Slightly closer look at a Frigatebird:
A few Albatross pics:
A pair of photos of the White-tailed Tropicbird:
Looking at the back of a Red-footed Booby:
A group of Red-footed Boobys sharing a tree:
A look at some of the many Boobys hanging out on the opposite hillside:
And a wider look at the hillside that plays host to a multitude of birds:
An oddly smooth patch of water that caught my eye:
The island just off the lighthouse point; just off to the left of the island is the stretch of ocean where all of the whale photographs I've posted were shot:
Speaking of whales...
I photographed this Spotted Dove preening itself when Dad and I were having lunch at Bubba's:
On our way home, I thought I spotted a whale spout off Lumaha'i Beach and asked Dad to pull over; he was able to do so in the same area we usually park when we visit that end of the beach. I didn't see anything for several minutes, but just when I started to think I'd mistaken a wave for a spout, I saw not one but two spouts. As did the whale watchers in the boat that's in the left side of the shot:
Cropped-in look at one of the whales:
I then got treated to quite the display of both tail throwing:
And then on top of all of that, just a few hundred yards down the road is where I saw my first honu. All in all, not a bad day.