Friday, December 07, 2007


it's been a while...story of my life these days, if you know what I mean. So, the last couple of weeks have been eventful, sort of. First of all, to update you on my previous post, I couldn't get the external hard drive to work again on my newly updated Leopard OS-running Mac. I spent 90 minutes at the Genius Bar in Apple Store here in Osaka but not even those Mac-Geniuses could solve the problem. I'll just have to wait for Seagate to release a fix for this. That meant that a new external hard drive compatible to Leopard was purchased and all is good a sense. I did lose some photos (not a lot) and all my tv shows which sucks arse!!

Secondly, my beloved EOS-1D Mark III (aka The Wife: high maintenance and expensive to accessorize) had to go in for a nip/tuck job and get her secondary mirror fixed, which was faulty from day of manufacture. I was without the beast for a week but finally it arrived back yesterday and I'm all happy again and able to take some photos and torment you all with bird pics next week, ahaha.

Thirdly, I went to a CosBar with PK and his JP friends last Friday night and had a great time. We went to an Izakiya first for some grub and then onto the CosBar. This basically consists of a place selling liqour and costumes to get dressed up in. The bar straff also were dressed up, mostly in nurses uniforms. Not one from shying away from a laugh (stop laughing) I got dressed up a in a little Santa dress and war-type cap. PK was a cheer leader and the JP friends ranged from busty nurses to slinky dress-thingy. THe other JP randoms who were also dressed up thought the sight of a gaijin in Cos mode was hilarious so we posed for many, many photos with them. The random thing about this experience is that the bar is situated in the underground shopping area under Osaka station!!! One of the busiest hubs in Japan rail network! Great fun and definitely a good memory from Japan.

Now, the weekend is upon us again. Tomorrow, or rather in a couple of hours, I leave for Mie prefecture to twitch a mega in Japan (Lesser Whitethroat) and then on Sunday it's off to Biwa-ko to see Steller's Sea Eagle and hen harrier...nice. At least I'll twitch a truly wild bird and not some hand-reared wader with a gammy leg (Ya can't tick that KP boys, ya just can't tick it!!! If you do, the Spotted Crake goes on the list, yaaaahhhhoooooo!!!!).

Sin e for now. More posting about the Christmas experience in Japan later...

Carmo's Diet: This week, I have mostly been eating Prawn Palak

Carmo's Birds: nothing yet, but maybe... (still 337 for JP)

Carmo's Birds for Byrdy: the chick on the 6th floor....heaven


Blogger Harry said...

'(Ya can't tick that KP boys, ya just can't tick it!!! If you do, the Spotted Crake goes on the list, yaaaahhhhoooooo!!!!).'

My listing (as opposed to twitching) 'career' may well not survive this kick in the bollocks...just shows how arbitrary it all is! 'Grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented'...what are the odds on a KP being raised in captivity, being released, and the bird then being found in Ireland, with views being good enough for the ring number to be read?? You'd have better odds of winning the Lotto!

December 08, 2007 1:37 AM  
Blogger Carmo said...

H, I thoroughly. it's just incredible. This is one an individual choice I feel

December 08, 2007 10:09 PM  
Anonymous C said...

You thoroughly what? Stink of smug glory perhaps? On my list ( at least, on my 'previously wild eggs, later hand reared, set free, and appearing at Pilmore' list). It's a pretty small list...

December 10, 2007 6:29 AM  
Anonymous C said...

I also have a list of 'guys who look like gimps in Santa costumes' - also pretty small in that it consists of one entry, and you're on it!

December 10, 2007 6:31 AM  
Blogger Carmo said...

hey ya langer, sorry about that. what i was going to say is that "I thoroughly agree." it is so just too incredible to be true

December 10, 2007 11:43 PM  
Anonymous C said...

Ha! You didn't comment on my 2nd post so it must be true!

Off to Donegal tomorrow I think, for few days, will try to get in touch. I know it's not quite the Antartic, at least geographically, though climatologically it may be pretty close!

December 11, 2007 2:20 AM  
Anonymous col said...

kp = bollix but it is orf de list so you cannae be having that spot crake!

December 12, 2007 7:25 PM  
Blogger S.C.E. said...

Dunno what to say about the Santa costume........although your friend's comment was pretty funny.

Forgive my ignorance but what is this 'KP' you speak of?

December 13, 2007 12:34 AM  
Anonymous col said...

Hi SCE - KP = kentish plover -de 1st one for Ireland for 10 years was found recently in County Cork with a ring on it - when this ring was read it turned out that the bird had been confiscated from an illegal breeder in Germany, ringed and then released therefore its straight out of the nick - bollix.

fella - never noticed that santa dress last time - that is very scary! Please say you don't have a bigger version on yer flickr page!!

December 13, 2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger S.C.E. said...

Aha-Kentish Plover! I had no idea it was so rare in Ireland. And someone actually breeds them...........well I learned something new today.

I think some obviously ornamental Mandarin Duck are still on my UK list mind you.

December 14, 2007 12:50 AM  
Blogger Carmo said...

damn your eyes barton!!! spot crake remains orf de list then..lucky one fella. we'll have to discuss the KP over a pint

SCE: yup, KP's are about as rare in ireland as me getting dressed up in a Santa costume which I thought was quite fetching actually :) How's the snow in Hakodate today??

Right, am off fer some Indian now...

December 14, 2007 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Pee Wee said...

I'm in/at/on Lake Titicaca.There's birds everywhere,but I'm damned if I know what they are.Big.Back to Peru in an hour,19 hour bus to Lima tonight and then oof to Panama on Tues !! Whoo hooo !!!

December 14, 2007 11:51 PM  
Blogger S.C.E. said...

The snow was nasty today but not as nasty as last night's result at Anfield. Can't they give Kewell and Kuyt to some poor underprivieged club for Christmas? 'Cos we don't appear to have any use for them anymore...............

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