Jeju birdlife


I would like to be able to say that I took these photos but I didn’t. They were taken by Rebecca over the last day or so as she has been out birdwatching. The first two species are common enough – the Blue Rock Thrush and the Brown-eared Bulbul. The Blue Rock Thrush is typically seen on the coast but you don’t usually get close enough to see its plumage in this detail. The Bulbul is common and very vocal, often present in loose flocks and making load squawks.

The Varied Tit in the last photo is less common. This photo was taken in Halla Arboretum after a patient wait by a small pond.



Bomok harbour


This is Bomok harbour, to the east of Seogwipo on Jeju’s south coast. You can’t tell from this photo just how cold it was yesterday, or how much snow was falling just a few miles to the west. It took a long time to get back to Global Education City, with the help of snow chains, queueing to get up a hill past rows of cars stuck in the snow by the side of the road, and the crashed and abandoned trucks in the middle of the road.

Buried beside the sea


I hope no-one considers it morbid that I regularly post photos of Jeju’s graves. They’re traditionally a dome of earth surrounded by a substantial volcanic stone wall. You see them in all sorts of places – in fields and villages, on hillsides, in woodland. They are a real feature of the landscape, although the tradition is no longer permitted.

This one is a short distance west of Museulpo, with views across the water to Gapado and Marado. In the other direction, there are views to Museulbong, Sangbansan and, further, Mt Halla. What a good place to be buried – assuming that views are of any use to the dead.