Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Birds, nests, seed pods, and old bottles

Before we head to Manila to greet the incoming Valor Tours group for our annual “Ghost Soldiers of Bataan” tour, we’d like to share a few more recent photographs.  Several surprises include three different bird families in their unique-looking nests, a huge butterfly, a thunderstorm that seemed to pop up out of nowhere, and war-era bottles found near our house.

Sulphur-crested cockatoo just after lift-off

Mated pair of collared kingfishers

Pair of white-breasted woodswallows

Philippine bulbul in taluto tree

Brahminy kite on its nest in sea-eagle cove; notice adult is shading the egg from the hot afternoon sun

Lowland white-eye by its nest

Yellow-vented bulbul harassing the white-eye's nest

Olive-backed sunbird chick peeking out of its nest

Closeup of olive-backed sunbird chick peeking out of nest

Adult sunbird leaving nest after feeding chick.  Notice the long, scraggly looking nest, which reminded Marcia of the limerick:

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.

Butterfly so large that Marcia first thought it was a bird

Same butterfly with folded wings.  Marcia believes that the wing span was at least six inches!

Pink seed pods high up in the trees.  They look like flowers from a distance

Taluto seeds with built-in parachutes

Clouds forming in the early afternoon before a surprise late-afternoon thunderstorm

Newly-discovered bottles

We found all of these bottles on a walk down the old trolley tracks just above James road, quite near our house.  From left to right are a small Japanese sake bottle, a San Miguel beer bottle, a large sake bottle, another beer bottle, and an American glass hip flask.  The sake bottles are typical of the ones found here, in that they were probably opened by a bayonet or other hard object.  Both beer bottles are greatly heat-deformed, undoubtedly from fire during the war.

Steve and Marcia on the Rock

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