|Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus|
|young Tiger Keelback Rhabdophis tigrinus|
|adult Tiger Keelback Rhabdophis tigrinus|
|young Black Paradise Flycatcher (Japanese Paradise Flycatcher) Terpsiphone atrocaudata|
|Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas|
|Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes on Gapa-do|
|Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus|
|Sea snakes - wanted dead or alive|
|Headed to Gapa-do|
|Searching for Ruddy Kingfishers at dawn with Mike|
|Ruddy Kingfisher habitat|
Rants aside, it was great to wander through the vestiges of my one-time patch, and see a few old friends. On the 29th, we chose the hottest day in 73 years to visit Gapa-do (41ºC), and it was miserable. Very few birds in evidence, no shade to speak of, and hours to kill before the return ferry. Shambles.
The next day, I met up with good ol' Mike pre-dawn to walk a trail where Fairy Pittas and Black Paradise Flycatchers breed,and where I've heard Northern Boobooks and Ruddy Kingfishers (shakes fist at sky, swearing lustily) in the past. We encountered P-flies at several spots on the river, mostly younger birds from this summer's brood. The young birds have blackish eye-rings and bills, as opposed to the shocking blue on adult birds. At one point, a young P-fly was 'playing' with a young Great Tit, and it was amusing to watch them take turns chasing one another around a tree, seemingly having fun doing it.
Frustratingly true to form, we heard several Boobooks, often from quite close overhead, without seeing one. We also heard what was probably a Ruddy Kingfisher, or possibly a very odd woodpecker.
I managed to get one new bird on the trip - a Swinhoes's Storm Petrel from the boat before getting to Jeju.
Currently back in Suncheon, waiting for the heat bubble to break, being turned into (more of) a reclusive curmudgeon by it.