Sunday, June 23, 2013

A weekend filled with Japanese Paradise Flycatchers

Hopefully this habitat will remain relatively undisturbed
female Black Paradise Flycatcher (Japanese Paradise Flycatcher) Terpsiphone atrocaudata
female Black Paradise Flycatcher (Japanese Paradise Flycatcher) Terpsiphone atrocaudata
female Black Paradise Flycatcher (Japanese Paradise Flycatcher) Terpsiphone atrocaudata
male Black Paradise Flycatcher (Japanese Paradise Flycatcher) Terpsiphone atrocaudata
male Black Paradise Flycatcher (Japanese Paradise Flycatcher) Terpsiphone atrocaudata
Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus chick
Pacific Reef Egret Egretta sacra
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia
Bird news from Matt Poll and Mike Balfour
Jeju Island, June 23, 2013
  It is great to be back on Jeju, although a lot of construction/destruction has been going on over the past two years.  At a site on Halla’s southern slope formerly home to Fairy Pitta, noisy construction to widen a path for ‘Olle trail’ hikers, coupled with an idiotic speaker blaring music in a once peaceful forest were the only sounds heard today.  Nearby, thankfully there remains a quiet corner of habitat still productive for Japanese Paradise Flycatcher, with two males seen squabbling, while a female was quite confiding.  It came to within ten feet of us, calmly watching the watchers for several amazing minutes.  Also seen in this area were a female Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, a noisy Peregrine Falcon, Yellow-throated Bunting, plentiful Japanese White-eye and Grey-capped Greenfinch, several Lesser Cuckoo, a White Wagtail, Long-tailed Tits, and several comically-clumsy Common Pheasant chicks. 
 Back in Seogwipo’s harbour, a stately Pacific Reef Heron stalked prey surprisingly close to a large number of tourists.

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