Friday, January 28, 2011

Where I've been lately

Having finished reading the proofs of "Stormlord's Exile" (out at end of July or first few days of August), I headed off to work in the mountains at Fraser's Hill, here:
No, this wasn't the photo taken during one's last seconds on Earth as the world is blasted by a nuclear holocaust or a meteor shower, or something equally catastrophic and final.

It's the photo taken at night with a flash when it's really, really misty. This was closer to the reality:
The team was there to run a beginning bird watching course for guides and hill resort residents, so three days of mist and rain and wind was not quite the best of conditions. Fortunately the trainees were a great group of people, from guides to students to those in the hotel  industry and tourism promotion to government servants.
Fortunately too, some of the birds were wonderfully cooperative:
These are my fellow trainers:

A misty morning after a couple of days of rain - which results in very hungry birds - is a very, very bad time for a moth, and generally fatal if you start flying about. But if you sit still like this one, and don't budge in the midst of the moth holocaust, you can be surprisingly safe.

Sadly, I don't think this stick insect was going to make it. Not when it really couldn't even get its legs to sort out which was up...

8 comments:

Jo said...

Fascinating as usual, thanks for sharing Glenda.

Rowena Cory Daniells said...

Fascinating Glenda!

Rowena Cory Daniells said...

Just realised Jo said the same thing. Now I look like a copy cat!

glenda larke said...

Never mind. I like being thought fascinating...

Or is it just the stick insect? :)

I had no idea what happens when you take a flash of mist!

Jo said...

Copy cat, copy cat, LOL.

That is an interesting result for the mist Glenda. Doesn't look anything like what it is.

I forgot to ask you what the very colourful bird was.

glenda larke said...

A tropical babbler called a Silver-eared Mesia.

Jo said...

Babbler? Is that anything like warbler? Its certainly colourful but it seems most colourful birds have lousy voices.

Helen V. said...

Lovely photos. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the stick insect though.