Dappled Things

So the storm is over. All very satisfactory as I did not abandon my boat and leave her to be destroyed and abused by the wind and waves.  However now comes the challenge of getting her back in the water as there are so many adventures that I want to  taste, touch, feel, smell, eat, drink, rub up against and massage into my hair. OK I have no hair but you take my drift. I am determined to sail back to the Keramas and also to Tern Island.

Today? er no, the island is in a state of recovery from a  post Typhoon hangover and all is quiet and generally blurry. Also I will be traveling and so the Scaffie will have to remain onshore for a couple of weeks.

So, if I cannot be fighting the tiller then I embark on my secondary love – voyeurism. I love to look at things, from afar and also from very near to. This is what I do this weekend, apart from a lot of work, but that is dull.

Pacific Rim Egret. This egret comes in 2 morphs , one white, one grey. This is the first dappled one I have seen.

Pacific Rim Egret. This egret comes in 2 morphs , one white, one grey. This is the first dappled one I have seen.

Cattle Egret. You have to click on all these photos to get the full dappledness.

Cattle Egret. You have to click on all these photos to get the full dappledness.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow eats rice missed by the gleaners.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow eats rice missed by the gleaners.

Post Typhoon Kingfisher

Post Typhoon Kingfisher

Kentish Plover. Dude we are going to build a Marine Research Facility all over your ass.

Kentish Plover. Dude we are going to build a Marine Research Facility all over your ass.

Tern Island - there are hundreds of terns nesting here. I will bring the Scaffie here and anchor just offshore and get the best Tern photos.

Tern Island – there are hundreds of terns nesting here. I will bring the Scaffie here and anchor just offshore and get the best Tern photos.

These are Roseate Terns. Notice black crown, orange bill, orange legs.

In there same place are Black Browed Terns.

In the same place are Black Naped Terns.

To my great disappointment, it would appear that the pair of Black Naped Terns that nested outside my house has not returned.

I snuffle around in the bushes close to the shore a bit like the questing vole as in, “Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole.”

Busy Bee

Busy Bee

Madame

Madame

Mr Howard, who had a nick-name that I cannot remember, could not pronounce the word

Mr Howe, who had a nick-name that I cannot remember, could not pronounce the word “wasp.”

Never seen one of these before. Very beautiful. I would pay anything for an asian butterfly field guide in English.

Never seen one of these before. Very beautiful. I would pay anything for an asian butterfly field guide in English.

80% of the beach is made up of hermit crabs

80% of the beach is made up of hermit crabs

They look like pebbles but they ain't.

They look like pebbles but they ain’t.

Great day watching dappled things.

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2 Responses to Dappled Things

  1. calder Ian says:

    Extraordinary, the way the creatures managed to hunker down and survive typhoon Irn Bru. I wonder where they go.

  2. Very true. The birds I can understand but the butterflies would be torn to shreds by the wind.

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