9 September 2007
A nervous Cormorant that had just evacuated its' bowels.
September is typhoon season in this part of the world. A couple of days ago a typhoon (that was already fizzling out) hit south Hokkaido. High winds, lots of rain. Lots of bedraggled looking Gulls standing among the flotsam and jetsam on the beaches. Just before the typhoon hit the Bar Tailed Godwit was still around as was a lone Terek Sandpiper and yet another group of Red Necked Stints (apparently this year is seeing very high numbers of this species throughout Japan).
Not much else going on in Hakodate. Some White Rumped Swifts passed over yesterday and I tried unsuccessfully to get shots of 2 separate Black Crowned Night Herons.
The above bird was sitting motionless in a tree next to the local river. Over at Kamiso the same species was standing in a photogenic pose but flew off as soon as I raised the camera to my eyes.
Nice result for England last night. 3-0. At one stage I had the cricket, rugby and football going on 1 TV and 2 computers in 2 separate rooms.
I bought a small saltwater tropical fish tank on Thursday. We have to wait 10 days before we put any actual fish in it (my wife has already decided which. Clownfish). We got a few snails and hermit crabs..........one snail died immediately and the hermit crabs started eating it which caused a hysterical outburst from my wife who is sensitive to such matters.
My last post inspired someone to attach not one but two comments. They seemed to have been offended by the fact I made tongue in cheek comments about locals in northwestern Scotland staring at strangers (they did) and there being lots of drunks in Glasgow bus station (there were). Oh and he called me an a**hole too. Which may well be true of course but for someone to write rather abusive comments on a birdwatching blog read by about only 25 people a day about flippant comments written by a nobody in Japan about events that happened 16 years ago............the mind boggles. I deleted the sentences that raised this person's ire anyway (as well as his/her comments). And I'll have to moderate comments in the future. Kind of pathetic on a crappy little blog like this but hey.
Unless it was someone who knows me taking the p*ss....................