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Friday, 9 December 2016

San Jose, Costa Rica

Volunteering at an animal sanctuary and while working in the garden I came across 2 superbTailess Whip Scorpion.

  I arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica on Monday and a 45 minute drive north of the city at San Migual, I arrived at the animal sanctuary where I'll be volunteering in looking after the animals for the next few weeks. I'm enjoying it so far. The food is very good and there is  so much that I have forths! The other volunteers are great crowd to work with. As I'm in a rural part of the country with the nearest shop being a thirty minute drive away, the internet can be hard to get. However, being out in the sticks and there is so much wildlife to see just outside my doorstep! I ain't explored that much, due to working, but today I was moving sheets of metal in the garden. Now at home, all you would be worried about what might jump out at you when you lift the sheets of metal is, nothing! Here it's a little different and while carefully lifting each sheet up, so not to harm anythin that might be under, were 2 Tailess Whip Scorpion and Woodland Cockroach and a frog that got away. I've not done any birding really and anythin that I have seen has been a stones throw away from my accommodation. Here are a selection of photos of my first few days at the animal sanctuary.

Part of the accommodation where I'm staying. Wroke up on the first morning and there was a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl perched outside


And just outside my door are these beautiful Zebra Tarantrula that hide in theirs holes until you tickle the entrance with a long piece of grass stem

Tropical Orb Spider

Orchard Orbweaver

Arrowshaped Micrathena

Leopard Wandering Spider


Tailess Whip Scorpion

This Woodland Cockroach is nearly as big as my hand and that's it's dropping behind it!!

Only a few minutes walk and there is a river and an evening stroll produced this Rain Frog 

and during the day there is Spotted Sandpiper and this Green Kingfisher


Crane Hawk

Squirrel Cuckoo

Cinnamon Hummingbird

Masked Tityra


Hoffman's Woodpecker

Yellow Warbler

Summer Tanager


The talented singer/songwriter Laura Marling with her latest single.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

2 long-tailed Duck at Ellesmere

1st male and female long-tailed Duck at Ellesmere

  Two days ago Jim Almond got the Long-tailed Duck at Ellesmere and then went and found one of his own less than a mile away at Colemere! If that wasn't enough, he also got 3 Scaup at nearby Whitemere. So this morning I arrived at the meres and connecting with all five ducks. However, I got a surprise when I found that the female had moved from Colemere and joined up with the 1st winter male on Ellesmere. The only other birds of note was 45 Gooseander on Whitemere and on Ellesmere, the male Mandarin and 75+Cormorant.  Just before mid-day I had a look at the 1st winter male Velvet Scoter at Trench Pool and news came on that the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD had been seen at Whixall Moss! Yesterday the 2nd winter RING-BILLED GULL reappeared at the gull roost at chelmarsh but no sign of the 6 Tundra Bean Geese.



It felt like being on the east coast in Salop this morning with 2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Scaup and the Velvet Scoter I think there is only one other Salop record of 2 LTD being recorded together.
 

Up  to over 500 Lesser-black backed Gull were at Hortonwood and included the adult Yellow-legged Gull the adult LBBGxHerring Gull

  The 30th November found me at Chelmarsh hoping to catch Tom Lowe's RING-BILLED GULL that he had in the roost the day before. It was still dark when I arrived and the gulls were moving out in there 100's. As it started to get light, I located the 6 Tundra Bean Goose and there were over 60 Gooseander on the res. I saw my first Tundra Bean Goose for Shropshire at Venus Pool in March '97 that Rob Dowley found. Then I caught up with the individual a few winters ago at Prisorlee Flash and now this amazing record of six!

  No sign of the RBG so it was a drive to the north of the county to search for the mega, Rough-legged Buzzard that was photographed at whixall Moos on the 25th November. I walked and walked miles for hours in the warm sunshine on the moss and there was no sign of the male Hen Harrier, Great Grey Shrike ot the damn buzzard. I had to make do with 3 Merlin, 2 female together and 1 adult male, 2 Buzzard and 100+redpoll overhead.
  I returned home to Trench Pool and got an sub-adult and adult Yellow-legged Gull with the Velvet Scoter.


An adult male and 2 female Merlin were at Whixall Moss


Sub-adult and adult Yellow-legged Gull at Trench Pool


Adult Yellow-legged Gull at Hortonwood




The Velvet Scoter was still attracting admires


Tony Joe White wrote 'Midnight train to Georgia' and this song 'Keep Going' has been brilliantly mixed by DJ BOOZOO BAJOU. It's got a lot of the German band, Slackwax in it. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Velvet Scoter at Trench Pool

1st winter male Velvet Scoter in me backyard was the my forth for Shropshire!  

  I returned from Palestine on the 26th and the following morning I had a look at a distant 1st winter male Scaup at Prisorlee Lake and then twitched for a male GREEN-WINGED TEAL that was found while I was away at Venus Pool by Jim Almond. The teal was my third for Shropshire and it stayed at far side opposite the main middle hide in the 45 minutes that I was there. No sign of the Pink-footed Goose, but also while I was away, an amazing record of 6 Tundra Bean Geese were discovered at Chelmarsh! All were still present today except for the pink-foot.

Took this photo of the Scaup at Prisorlee lake from the car

The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL was always distant. The first GWT for Salop that I managed to see was also at Venus Pool in '96 found by Pete Nickless. 

   The next day Dave Troman discovered a Velvet Scoter at Trench Pool! However, with my phone lost somewhere in Palestine and I was very busy throughout the day, I didn't know anything about the scoter until it was dark. First thing this morning, a minute drive from the house, just as the sun was rising, I relocated it in the gull roost. Very happy that I got this mega at all places, Trench Pool after the Long-tailed Duck, two year ago at the same site, I had to take my daughter to collage and then returned to spend some time with the scoter. It was trying to feed close to the bank on the NE side, but many times was flushed by dog walkers and flew around to settle down near the center. This is my forth for Salop and if it wasn't for the individual that wintered in both Staffs and Salop over two years ago, then it would of been over twenty years ago that one was recorded in the county when I had a single at Newtonmere in April! Before that, there was an immature that overwintered at the sailing lake, Venus, 1990-91.
  I couldn't work out why so many large gulls were coming in from the north as they normally come from the WSW. With them was an adult Yellow-legged Gull. It was later when I saw the main man, Dave Troman, and he told me that a tip had opened at Hortonwood. That's a few minutes away as the crow flies. Trench Pool could pull in some good gulls this winter as it did two winters ago when I had a single Little, Iceland and Glaucous and a few Yellow-legged and 2 Caspian Gull, all in over a week!

  I also met Pete Nickless at the pool and he showed me pics of a ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD taken at Whixall Moss last Thursday, 25th!! It was taken by a non-birder and was only identified later. Everyone needs this one for Salop! With a Great Grey Shrike and a male Hen Harrier at Whixall today, I might give it try or shall I go to Chelmarsh first thing in the morning to catch the 2nd winter RING-BILLED GULL that Tom Lowe found this evening!! Salop is goin through one hell of a purple patch at the moment!!

Adult Yellow-legged Gull





Many times the scoter was flushed by dog walkers only to return again. Hopefully it will settle down and overwinter on the small pool. Great find by Dave Troman's. I think you can see his house just behind the dog walker while just to the right out of the photo is where me parents live. In fact, is that me mom walking on the bank!?



What I observed in Palestine, it's not if but when Israel take over? 

A protest I took part in with the Palestinians at Beli'n. Note the Israeli solders waiting for us at the top of the slope.  

  I'm sure that most of you saw the exchange fire between the two countries in 2014, where you would of seen Gaza targeted and Hamas fireing rockets into Israel. Gaza was badly damaged and lives were lost on both sides with 1000's in Gaza. It all started on 8th July when Israel hit Gaza. The stated aim of the Israeli operation was to stop rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, which increased after an Israeli crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank was launched following the 12 June kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by two Hamas members.[31][32][33] Conversely, Hamas's goal was to bring international pressure to bear to lift Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, end Israel's offensive, obtain a third party to monitor and guarantee compliance with a ceasefire,[34] release Palestinian prisoners and overcome its political isolation.[35] Some claim Israel was the first, on 13 June, to break the ceasefire agreement with Hamas that had been in place since November 2012.[36] However, Israel argues its air raids on Gaza are responses to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. In the Western world, Hamas are looked at as terrorist and I can't understand why? The US government saw that it was no problem with Israel killing Palestinians in their 1000's.
  When you read below what I observed in the West Bank, you will understand that Israel are the real terrorist. Just like the USA and our government!

  While driving around the West Bank, everywhere you looked there was an Israeli settlement perched on top of hills or in the valleys. A number of settlements have Israeli military basses in them. The settlements can hold between 1000-400 000 people and are all fenced off to protect them from Palestinians. However, it's the Israeli's living at the settlements who attack the Palestinians and as a result Internationalist are drafted in to protect the locals from being attacked. Speaking to Robert, an Internationalist from Norway, he told me that there were five of them in one village protecting the folks who live there from attacks. In this one particular village, the inhabitants have already been forced out from threats and attacks and returned when Robert and his team arrived to protect them. This is happening all around a lot of settlements and while in the old city of Hebron, Israeli's have forced Palestinians out of their homes and moved in. Any Palestinian that got trapped had to stay and now they go through checkpoints if they want to move around in the area. At these checkpoints, many of them have been killed. Just a week ago, a sixteen year old girl was shot at one of the checkpoints I went through!

This is the checkpoint where the 16 year old girl was shot and killed

  As I stated before, the corrupt UN look after the refugee camps in the West Bank but don't do anything to stop the Israeli government from bulldozing Palestinian homes. They could stop the whole process of more homeless people arriving at the camps before it's even started. It's bullshit!
  Groups of Israeli civilians walked past me and Palestinians and many of the Israeli's, young and old, had sub-machine guns over their shoulders! They live side by side and Palestinians are constantly attacked psychically and verbally. Cages were set up to stop the Palestinians from being hit by missiles or raw sewage. As I observed, the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) watch every move you make from checkpoints or high up in towers. I was only there for a few hours and it felt like I was in a prison. The Palestinians are living in hell!


Israeli's walk up and down freely on Palestinian land and many of them hold sub-machine guns! 


Cages to protect the Palestinians from being hit with missiles from the Israeli's

The Israeli and Palestinians live side by side and make it living hell for the locals. I took this photo on Palestinian land and the large building in front of me is also on Palestinian land but occupied by Israeli's

This used to be a Palestinian school. Now it's home for the intruders

On the occupied land the Israeli flag is everywhere to show you how much ground they have stolan from the Palestinians


  There are so many children, from 8-16, taken away to Israeli prisons where they are tortured or stay there for many years. I put a video on here in the past of an IOF taking pot shots at Palestinian children playing football and he hits one in the leg! Shortly afterwards he is congratulated by his mates.

  The IOF have total control of land, sea and air and you could hear fighter jets flying over most of the time. The Palestinian Police have control of the cities. However, that's not true as the IOF can come in, without warning, and take or kill whoever they want. This happened the day before I arrived next to hostel I stayed in at Ramallah. I also was in one of the coffe clubs sitting next a window with two bullet holes still in it from the second Intifada in 2000.

  Outside the city, you knew when you were on an Israeli built road as they were new and in very good shape. The roads built by Palestinians were old, crumbling with pot holes. The way I see it is that you've got all these settlements all over the West Bank with half a million Israeli's living in them. I observed more settlements being built and surly it's only a matter of time that the Israeli government will stop the Palestinians from using these connecting roads to the cities and towns and it's only used by Israeli's. I looked at all the settlements surrounding me and then I looked at the road that I'm on that's controlled by the IOF. For any road offence they can take away your licence or even your car if they want.
  It don't matter what road you were on, the Palestinians drive so fast that we all couldn't wait to get off the vehicle we were in. Also the Israeli's also are very fast as I observed from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to get to the West Bank.

Israeli police controlling the roads of Palestine

  I went to a protest in Beli'n and the IOF were lined up across the road to stop you goin anycloser to the 'wall' which was half a mile away. If you get anywhere near the 'wall' the IOF are on your back immediately. The apartheid wall was built to stop suicide bombers from getting into Israel. When they built the wall, they encroached even further on to Palestinian land and built settlements on both sides of the wall. So, you build a wall to stop Palestinians from killing Israeli's and then you continue to erect homes inside the wall. I can't get my head around that one.

A very brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag

Give it a few months and more Israeli's will be moving in


Israeli settlement deep in the heart of the country, Palestine

The apartheid wall to keep the Palestinians out from killing Israeli's. However, Israel continue to bulldoze their country and build 1000's of homes on it! 


    Here is an example of a settlement that was built in 1978 and now holds over 18,000.

Ariel is an Israeli settlement and city in the central West Bank, part of the Israeli-occupied territories, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the Green Line and 34 kilometres (21 mi) west of the Jordan border. Ariel was first established in 1978 and its population was 18,717 in 2015, composed of veteran and young Israelis, English-speaking immigrants, and immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, with an additional influx of 10,000 students. It is the fourth largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, after Modi'in Illit, Beitar Illit, and Ma'ale Adumim.

Israeli settlements are Jewish[1][2] Israeli civilian communities[i] built on lands occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War.[3]Such settlements currently exist in the West BankEast Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights. Settlements previously existed in the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip until Israel evacuated the Sinai settlements following the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace agreement and from the Gaza Strip in 2005 under Israel's unilateral disengagement plan. Israel dismantled 18 settlements in the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, and all 21 in the Gaza Strip and 4 in the West Bank in 2005,[4] but continues to both expand its settlements and settle new areas in the West Bank,[5][6][7][8][9] despite pressure to desist from the international community. According to the Israeli investigative reporter Uri Blau, settlements are massively funded by private tax-exempt U.S. NGOs, to the tune of $220 million for 2009-2013 alone, suggesting that the U.S. is indirectly subsidizing their creation.[10]
The international community considers the settlements in occupied territory to be illegal,[11] and the United Nations has repeatedly upheld the view that Israel's construction of settlements constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.[12][13] Israeli neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and communities in the Golan Heights, the latter of which has been annexed by Israel, are also considered settlements by the international community, which does not recognise Israel's annexations of these territories.[14] The International Court of Justice also says these settlements are illegal in a 2004 advisory opinion.[15][16][17] In April 2012, UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, in response to moves by Israel to legalise Israeli outposts, reiterated that all settlement activity is illegal, and "runs contrary to Israel's obligations under the Road Map and repeated Quartet calls for the parties to refrain from provocations."[18] Similar criticism was advanced by the EU and the US.[19][20] Israel disputes the position of the international community and the legal arguments that were used to declare the settlements illegal

Occupied-Palestine-Map-2-Stu
  The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. Consider!? It's illegal to occupy another countries land. So why isn't anything being done about it?

  Maybe this is one of the reasons. Our PMs husband, Philip May, has shares in both tax avoiding Amazon and Starbucks. Of  the latter, every time you buy a drink, a penny is taken away and goes to the Israeli army! How can that be? Maybe it's because Starbucks is owned by the zionist, Howard Schultz http://www.jerusalemchai.org/contents/read.cfm?categoryID=115&cID=1134 

  I could give you so many other reasons why. When I introduced myself to a Palestinian, who had lived in Aqabat Jaber Refugee Camp in Jericho all his life, he asked me where I was from?
   
  'All this blood and tears is all your fault!' I knew this already and he was so right.



Schwarzenegger & De Niro Help Raise Record $38 Million For IDF in One Night!



Last night, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) raised a record $38 million at its annual Western Region Gala in Beverly Hills. Celebrity guests in attendance included Julie Bowen, Gerard Butler, Robert De Niro, Joanna Krupa and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
What makes DeNiro smile? Beautiful IDF women, apparently (Photo Credit: Alexi Rosenfeld/AJR Photography)
Gerard Butler knows a good thing (Photo Credit: Alexi Rosenfeld/AJR Photography)
This is pretty scarey stuff! Pro Israeli and zionist raised 38 million for the IOF! 
Roger Waters is losing millions for telling the truth of Israeli's occupation over Palestine