Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jeju Memories 2009-2011, Part I

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrid, west coast, May 1, 2010
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor, Hado-ri, January 30, 2011
Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus, Seogwipo, September 5, 2009
Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus, Seogwipo, September 5, 2009
Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus, Seogwipo, September 5, 2009
  Ahh, Jeju, the 'Hawaii of Korea'.  It seems like 'they' have been destroying the charming place I once called home at an appalling rate.  Pristine beaches are being ripped up and replaced with huge concrete swimming pools, it's absolute madness.  
  That Osprey sure brings back the memories.  I was having a terrible week, so I went down to my favorite riverside park to clear my head.  After zoning out on a rock by the river for 20 minutes, I was stunned when a Western Osprey corkscrewed out of the sky and down into the water a few feet in front of me.  It was an extremely hot day, and it seemed like the bird was looking to cool off.  It drifted in the stream, at one point even using its wings as paddles to swim around.
  In other news, there is no news.

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