Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Birds from a long hot summer

Black Wood Pigeon town
A reliable spot for Greater Spotted Eagles...
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Young Brown-eared Bulbuls Hypsipetes amaurotis waiting for food
Eastern Great Tit Parus minor (with quite a dingy greenish tone)
Pacific Reef Heron Egretta sacra
Brown-eared Bulbul Hypsipetes amaurotis parent with food
Me first!
Japanese Bush Warbler Horornis diphone
Japanese Bush Warbler Horornis diphone
Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
  It has been record-breakingly hot and humid here on Jeju over the past month. Water levels are at dangerously low levels across the island, and farmers are suffering. As for birds, I've seen a decent array of young birds in different stages of fledging, when I'm not blinded by sweat. Young Pheasants are bigger than pigeons already, and I've been watching juvenile Brown-eared Bulbuls grow at an impressive rate.
  A few weeks ago I spotted two Black Wood Pigeons clacking through a nice-looking stretch of coastal forest, but they've remained elusive since then.
  In my ramblings around my old stomping grounds, I've been disturbed by some of the habitat loss that has occurred over the past two years, more on this soon.

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