Okay, I know what this sign means, but it is just too fun not to post.
Long layover here in Seoul so Warren and I went into town for lunch. It was busy, busy, busy.
And everyone was crowding in to get some chicken.
Somewhat less of a rush for the dried fish.
And finally, I don't know what a Pocari is, but I was drinking a bottle of its sweat all day. Honestly wasn't very good.
As I am heading home, my internet is getting much faster but time is getting shorter for posting. Once home I will put up a bunch of stuff that was too much to deal with in Sukau.
Back in Kota Kinabalu I walked around the Saturday evening seafood outdoor grill. A huge area with all kinds of seafood ready to eat and at prices way less than the restaurants.
I am currently in Seoul, South Korea, and only have a minute for one more pic. I don't think I ever posted this Brahminy Kite that I saw above the Kinabatangen River in Sukau.
The fish market has such fresh fish that it does not smell like a fish market. That alone tells one that things are fresh. Just in from this morning, and that makes buying such better than most options. Droves of people come and buy fresh fish, although I should really say fresh seafood, as there are crabs and prawns and other such things available.
And while most of it I consider food from the sea (not that I agree with all the harvest), this pic is of something I don't like to see much of, and there was only this one stall selling such...
And while my opinion is that we should give the sharks a break, the selling of all things sea food goes on as a lively trade in KK
And to finish this bit, what doesn't get sold here during the day... Well the whole area turns into a sea food restaurant of sorts at night and you can go and buy dinner made from the leftovers, which are still more fresh than what most buy in a supermarket.
Okay, so to get back to the wharf area and see if I can get pics up. There is a central market area on the coast, where the boats come in and everything fish, fruit and vegetable is sold. Pretty big place. First up, the boats.
Click on the previous picture to get a larger size, and you will see a lot of very big lights hanging from the orange crossbeams. Apparently they can turn those on and use them to attract squid and fish to the boat. Something I would like to look in to more at some point.
There were about eight people fishing along the wharf, and all were catching these small fish regularly. This young gentleman just caught one and posed for me with his catch without me even asking him to. In general, fish like this make great meals.
The fishing technique, however, was new to me. Apparently hard to catch on a hook (small mouth or something), they put a scrap of bait about an inch above a medium-sized treble hook, and when they feel something nibbling on the bait, they yank hard and the treble hook snags the fish. I saw this done with and without a bobber.
And thus ends the short tour of the docks. But there are certainly more fishing boats than what can actually be docked, so I end with a photo of some fishing boats moored offshore.
Burke Lake is a nice place to go for a day. Playgrounds, frisbee golf, and good birding are all there.
But they also rent boats, so we put down the cash and had an electric powered boat for the afternoon. 94 degrees out, and a-fighing we went.
Okay, that was not my best nuthatch pic. I will upgrade such when I get a chance.
Today I got a chance to have a walk on the C&O Canal, after big flooding yesterday. Sadly, the trail out to the Great Falls was closed due to the flooding.
A bit of video of the flood is here:
Aside from the flood, I got a few pics while on my walk.
Somehow this post got saved to my drafts folder instead of published yesterday. So, this is actually the set of photos that should be dated Oct. 15, but such is what such is. Either way, I took a few heron photos yesterday and thought they were up.
It was a beautiful sunny day today, with temps around 5C. I couldn't get out to hike in the hills, but did manage to spend an hour in the Lysaker area.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist