Cicero

I highly recommend Robert Harris’ novels on the life of Cicero. I am listening to one at the moment as I record the events of this day.

Mainly birds I’m afraid. There are no less than 5 different species of Egret on Okinawa. I have been very lazy in truly sorting them out. Today I go to it.

We shall go from big to small.

Great White Egret. Notice thin kinked neck. The real giveaway I have realized after 2 years is the gape line, thin bit of skin stuff under the eye. Great White has one. The next Egret down , the Intermediate Egret, does not.

Great White Egret. Notice thin kinked neck. The real giveaway I have realized after 2 years is the gape line, thin bit of skin stuff under the eye. Great White has one. Click on the photo and you be able to zoom. The next Egret down , the Intermediate Egret, does not.

The Intermediate Egret. No gape line, smaller, less kinked neck. Bad at Math

The Intermediate Egret.
No gape line, smaller, less kinked neck. Bad at Math

The little Egret. Blackish bill, but the  giveaway is yellow feet, which you cannot see in this photo.

The little Egret. Blackish bill, but the giveaway is yellow feet, which you cannot see in this photo.

Yellow wellies, much disliked by my Father.

Yellow wellies, much disliked by my Father.

Now we come to the miserable Cattle Egret. Small, short necked, lacking trawthe.

Terrible table manners

Cattle Egret. Terrible table manners

So these four are usually seen inland, usually poncing around in rice and taro fields.

The last Egret is the Pacific Reef Egret, which is essentially a sea-bird.

So this is the grey morph.

So this is the grey morph.

White morph. Same species different color - like me and Toussaint L'Ouverture

White morph. Same species different color – like me and Toussaint L’Ouverture

Anyway that has cleared up the Egret dilemma. I am gratified by my discipline, it is  so easy to avoid these niceties but, ‘It will but skin and film the ulcerous place,
Whilst rank corruption, mining all within, Infects unseen.’ – birdwatching is a stern mistress.  A few more birds from today’s ramble through the Okinawan tundra.

Bedraggled Russet Sparrow

Bedraggled Russet Sparrow

Northern Lapwing Very rare around here.

Northern Lapwing
Very rare around here.

Common Sandpiper Frightful manners

Common Sandpiper
Frightful manners

Sharp Tailed Sandpipers Also rare.

Sharp Tailed Sandpipers
Also rare.

Eurasian Kestrel, gey few around here.

Eurasian Kestrel, gey few around here.

A Mongoose. Usually more vivacious than this one.

A Mongoose. Usually more vivacious than this one.

I also learned some jigs.

These:

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5 Responses to Cicero

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Poor mongoose. Very Loudon Wainwright III.

  2. Ian Calder says:

    R Harris v v good. Looking forward to reading his latest, about Dreyfus.

    • Mike Taylor says:

      Recently reviewed in Sunday Times. A must-read. This saga has been haunting French society for over a century and is not going to go away anytime soon. Two subsequent world wars didn’t help either.

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