On September 5, 2017 I went on a pelagic birding trip from Kewalo Basin in Honolulu southeast to Penguin Bank and back with Dick May, Reg David, Pete Donaldson, Sharif Uddin and a visiting birder, Bruce Berman.
We had blue skies and light winds which made for calm seas but unfortunately birds were pretty scarce. Once we reached Penguin Bank there was more birding activity over the water, including a group of 9 Red-footed Boobies floating on the water. We also enjoyed views of a pod of inquisitive Spinners Dolphins. The most numerous bird species were Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, which makes sense, since they’re breeding on Manana Island, just off the southeastern shore of Oahu, now. Leaving Penguin Bank we approached a patch of floating debris where Dick May caught 2 mahi-mahi. We enjoyed looks at Great Frigatebirds, Brown Boobies, Brown Noddies, a Masked Booby and many White Terns. View my checklist on eBird here: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39044436
Thanks again to Tony and Kelly, the crew of ‘Mazel Tov’, and to Dick May for organizing the trip.