Thursday, December 8, 2022

Sexy Back - The Beauty of the Mountain Verditer Flycatcher Wing & Back Patterns

Eumyias panayensis | Mountain Verditer Flycatcher
Posted an earlier image of this beautiful bird I first spotted about 7 years ago in Maligcong, Bontoc in Mountain Province but has proven elusive until this year.   Posting another angle that shows the beautiful wing patterns of the Mountain Verditer Flycatcher (
Eumyias panayensis) found in the subtropical or montane forests of  the Philippines and Indonesia.  Staus: Least Concern.  Backlit conditions required me to lighten up the shadows to reveal the subtle coloring of this bird, a lucky find especially as I was too lazy to go birding most afternoons. | For a checklist of birds found and catalogued here in the Philippines, visit the eBon link. (Many thanks to my buddy, Ironwulf, for letting me channel his Topaz post-processing powers to denoise the very noisy details of the image out of a Nikon Coolpix B700)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Giving Myself A Pat On The Back & Learning Lessons In Minimalism

I think I ought to give myself an overdue pat on the back for soldiering on feeding and caring for my foster strays for nearly three years. I know some people who love animals but wouldn't want to get a pet for they couldn't come to grips with losing them.  Well, I think I underwent a lifetime's worth of losing my beloved strays and for that, I'm giving myself a pat on the back. That I was able to do it for as long as I did (I intend to continue when fate intervenes and give me the resources and the health to do so), I thought I'm underselling myself -- getting up when I'm a bit too sick to do anything much just to cook, prep food, greet my fosters, feed them, and spend extra time with them.


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