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  • VanIslander
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Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #120 on: July 27, 2020, 01:05:14 pm »
Awesome pics guys!


Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #121 on: August 18, 2020, 11:18:01 am »
I snapped this guy on Saturday.  I call him Dennis Benton.



And last month.  I noticed this kind of 'snow' on some branches and trees near where I walk.



Then a couple of weeks after I saw this really weird insect.  (this is not my picture, as I can't seem to find it on my device at school  :-[ )



And I showed it to an English teacher in my school and he said it's called a 천사벌레 and that it is a massive pest.  That white stuff is dangerous to the plants and kills them.  Then I noticed all the moths/butterflies on the branches.



They were absolutely everywhere.  Thousands on all the trees in that area.



It's weird because the thing that excreted the white stuff looks so different to, what I thought was moths or butterflies.  When I walk there now there's tons of blue butterflies flying around.  If you google 미국선녀벌레, it tells you about them and how much of a pest they are. 


Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #122 on: August 18, 2020, 12:03:09 pm »
Looks like Mr. Benton will be eating good for a while at least!


Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #123 on: August 28, 2020, 07:28:10 am »
A Hoopoe from last week...



Moth/butterfly, not sure which



And, some really tiny crayfish have started turning up the mountain streams.  Really funny to watch them, but hard to get a decent picture of.  Struggling how to see how they can get into streams high up in the mountains.   :undecided:



  • 745sticky
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Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #124 on: August 28, 2020, 07:42:01 am »
Looks like a moth to me.
I haven't really seen much variation in birds (aside from the storks(?) down by the river). Now that Colburnnn isn't as active maybe it's finally safe for me to go birding, although come to think of it I didn't bring my nice binoculars.


  • Kyndo
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Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #125 on: August 28, 2020, 07:44:58 am »
Fantastic photos as usual! I've never notice crayfish in the streams here in Korea before. I think I'll go out tonight with a flashlight and a bucket and see if I can spot any!


Moth/butterfly, not sure which
It looks like a moth, but I believe that it's a butterfly. Physiologically, moths have feathered antennae while butterflys have narrow antennae with bulbs at the end. Moths tend to position their wings horizontally against their bodies when at rest, while butterflies often have them vertically. Their are exceptions, but the dividing line between moth and butterflies can often be blurred, so that's not really surprising.


And, some really tiny crayfish have started turning up the mountain streams.  Really funny to watch them, but hard to get a decent picture of.  Struggling how to see how they can get into streams high up in the mountains.   :undecided:
Juveniles tend to swim upstream. Given enough generations, they'll eventually find the headwaters.


Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #126 on: August 28, 2020, 07:48:06 am »
Looks like a moth to me.
I haven't really seen much variation in birds (aside from the storks(?) down by the river).

That's what I thought, but it was midday when I snapped it, and I always thought that moths were nocturnal.   :undecided:

The storks are a hassle to get a decent picture of because you can never get close enough to them before they fly off. 

I keep seeing this bird and it has an 'electric' blue tail and would possibly be a kind of kingfisher as it's always down in the water fishing.  But it's another one I can't get close enough to before it flies off.


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Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #127 on: August 28, 2020, 07:52:33 am »

Did an image search with "korea" as a keyword, and I think this might be it (or a close relative). Its a Skipper (Hesperiinae).

Butterfly.  :smiley:
« Last Edit: August 28, 2020, 07:57:32 am by Kyndo »


Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #128 on: August 28, 2020, 07:55:55 am »
Fantastic photos as usual! I've never notice crayfish in the streams here in Korea before. I think I'll go out tonight with a flashlight and a bucket and see if I can spot any!

Juveniles tend to swim upstream. Given enough generations, they'll eventually find the headwaters.

You don't even need to go out at nighttime, if there is a shallow enough pond coming down with the stream, they'll be in there somewhere.  This bit is quite a way up the mountain, and it's not a continuous stream up to it from lower down, so I'm baffled as to how they can get there.  In this one area, there's about 10 or so.  Yesterday, I watched them for a bit and they were having a crayfish argument, there was one particular bully who was causing most of the problems.  Idiot crayfish bully.  I remember going to some crayfish parties (being vegetarian I didn't participate) in Scandinavia years ago, so I know how big they can get.  Just wee bairns these ones. 


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Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #129 on: August 28, 2020, 08:00:47 am »
I keep seeing this bird and it has an 'electric' blue tail and would possibly be a kind of kingfisher as it's always down in the water fishing.  But it's another one I can't get close enough to before it flies off.

I'll have to keep an eye out for those whenever (if ever) I actually get outdoors and do some hiking.

Honestly haven't seen anything exciting nature-wise in a while. My grandparent's farm always had a lot of colorful birds (bluejays, cardinals, etc). plus of course the barn swallows, but even before moving here I wasn't able to visit often (we used to live a couple hours from them in Virginia but then we moved west. Now its at least a 2-day drive). Hell, it's been forever since I've even seen a robin. Only pigeons for me the past few years it seems


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Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #130 on: August 28, 2020, 08:11:37 am »
pigeons are just like us. my dudes get way too much hate. fly on rock doves


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Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #131 on: August 28, 2020, 08:21:02 am »
I mean pigeons are great but it gets old


Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #132 on: August 28, 2020, 08:45:28 am »
I remember going to some crayfish parties (being vegetarian I didn't participate) in Scandinavia years ago

I used to catch crayfish from the stream that ran through my home town, but I never knew they were edible until I went to Ikea Korea. Granted, they probably weren’t the same variety as the ones in Saunders Creek...

I noticed this kind of 'snow' on some branches and trees near where I walk.

I saw a 뉴스 segment on this a few days back. Seems to be quite the menace in some areas.

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And are none of you damn birders impressed that I saw a couple freaking 3-foot “wild” macaws in a wooded urban park?!
« Last Edit: August 28, 2020, 08:56:06 am by Don Hobak »


Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #133 on: August 28, 2020, 09:15:19 am »
Juveniles tend to swim upstream.

Come to think of it, a couple of them were smoking cigarettes that they'd got some older crayfish to go into the shop to buy.   :undecided:

And are none of you damn birders impressed that I saw a couple freaking 3-foot “wild” macaws in a wooded urban park?!

Pics or it didn't happen.  :laugh:


Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #134 on: August 28, 2020, 10:16:56 am »
Pics or it didn't happen.  :laugh:



Not pictured: the lynx (caracal?!); the puma; the black yak; the crocs, including a rare French crocodile; the rather sporty cock; strangely, a playboy bunny; a wiener dog, and Dennis the Menace...



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Re: What are you doing during these strange virus times?
« Reply #135 on: August 28, 2020, 10:42:26 am »
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juveniles swim upstream
Come to think of it, a couple of them were smoking cigarettes that they'd got some older crayfish to go into the shop to buy.   :undecided:
IT'S PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE SCIENTIFIC LANGUAGE WHEN DESCRIBING PRE-ADOLESCENT CRAWDADDIES!!!!!1!!  >:(