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The humpback whales will be departing Hawaii again soon for a summer of fattening up in Alaska’s rich feeding grounds of krill, only to come back next winter to give birth and mate and start their cycle all over again. The shallow waters of Hawaii are warm and safe for their newborn. After all the females have given birth the ocean begins to get turbulent from the male competition pods as they chase their potential partners, pushing the other male competitors aggressively out of the way. The competition pods are exiting to watch but most of the action is below water level. I’ve been getting out on the water, on as many whale trips as I possibly can, with my camera and a big lens…  before they are all gone… I Still need to plough through lots and lots of photos, but here are a few to start with…

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 This mother humpback whale was on one side of the zodiac when she slowly submerged like a submarine and glided underneath with her calf, only to surface on the other side shortly after. Then she hunched her back and decided to dive deep, providing my camera with a great tail on view of her fluke as she went down.

IMG_6440_1_timeline-fb-fbMama, Papa and baby humpback whales. They had circled around for a while before finally grouping tightly together and swam off into the distance.

And below, one of my last shots of the day, almost as if this mother Humpback whale was waving us goodbye…

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Sleepy Blonde Bumble Bee, Maui, Hawaii

This sleepy insect, a Blonde Bumble Bee wasn’t quite awake yet when I spotted it hiding in the flowers, in a garden in Maui, Hawaii the other day. Wildlife in Maui can be found even when not looking for it… Luckily I had my Macro Lens, Tripod and bits to hand and had time to photograph this furry beast before it started to get hungry and start foraging..  Its been said that these bumble bees become black when they are a few days old, but I haven’t had a chance to research this for myself yet…

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Model Photoshoot in Kula, Maui, Hawaii

IMG_1878-fbI was given the chance to join in on a model photoshoot. The plan was to shoot in Haiku, on Maui’s North Shore but the storms were dumping all the rain all night and continued to do so into the morning. So we searched for the sun, and found it in Kula, up country on the slopes of Haleakala. Our model was a dream to work with and we all had a lot of fun. We found a few photogenic locations, our Kula rainbow was the first stop at the side of the road, causing a lot of passers by to slow down to check out our activities.. Standing in the middle of the road to shoot with my 100-400 lens was a bit risky though, I have to admit..

Our model was Delana Do-Wrong – and she could do no wrong! Winking smile

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Dragonfly at Kealia Ponds, Maui, Hawaii

This guy was proving very difficult to capture, wish I’d snapped him coming towards me instead of flying away!Hovering Dragonfly - dragonfly_2866_8_w.jpg

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img_6205_1It is very rare to see a Peregrine Falcon in Maui, Hawaii. But when all the birds at Kealia Ponds suddenly screamed alarm calls and took to the air I scanned the crowded airspace for the pair of laughing gulls I had seen earlier, suspecting it was them that had caused all the unusual commotion.. But they were also flying amongst the dozens of A’eo (rare Hawaiian Stilts) and behaving just as alarmed and panicked as all the spooked Golden Plovers, Sanderlings, Coots, White faced Ibis , Ducks and  Turn Stones that had also taken to the air at the same time..

The sky was full of birds, and right in amongst them all was this Peregrine Falcon. I didn’t think there were any Hawks on Maui, so it was a huge surprise to me to spot this Peregrine Falcon.  He then gained height and did what Peregrine Falcons do best – dive fast – too fast to photograph -(known to reach speeds of 180 mph in a dive), heading right down towards me and my lens. When he was about 30ft away from me he suddenly backed off, and watched me for a few moments, giving me plenty of time to hit the shutter on my camera, which fortunately had been set ready for the laughing gulls.

Spot the odd one out (hiding) in amongst the A’eo in the last photo –  safety in numbers – but not invisible !!!

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