Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 29, 2016

Tacloban

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North-East Leyte.

Tacloban is about 100 kilometers from Sogod. The bus went over the mountains and back to the coast near Macarthur. It is a reasonably big town. This morning I went for a walk along the foreshore. I think this is a Grey Tattler, not totally sure.

Grey Tattler
Grey Tattler (Tringa brevipes )

I noticed that these Collared Kingfisher have a big of brown above and below the white collar.

Collared KIngfisher
Collared KIngfisher (Todirhamphus chloris)

I saw quite a few Brown Shrike. This one was hunting along the shore.

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)

This Brown Shrike caught a lizard for breakfast.

Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike

juvenile Brown Shrike
Juvenile Brown Shrike

I just managed to see this green and brown lizard.

Green and brown lizard
Lizard

Tacloban Panorama
Tacloban panorama

Tacloban bird list

Spotted Dove
Common Sandpiper no, Grey Tattler
Zebra Dove
Olive-backed Sunbird
White-breasted Woodswallow
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Collared KIngfisher (Todirhamphus chloris)
Yellow-rumped Bulbul
Asian Glossy Starling

November 28, 2016

Southern Leyte, Philippines

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Bato to Sogod

I had to wait at Ubay in northern Bohol until the cyclone warning had abated. Luckily I only had to stay one night. I stayed at Goody Goody Lodge, nice and super cheap at 200 pesos. The trip across to Leyte was the standard roro. Sit up top while the trucks and cars are below.

Bato creek
A creek in Bato

I found a hotel right at the port in Bato when I got there. A bit of a dive but I only had to stay one night.

Sogod harbour
Harbour at Sogod

I caught the bus to Sogod the next day. It was a nice drive through the country-side – no air conditioning but the open windows cooled me down.

River at Sogod
A river at Sogod

I found the GV Hotel as soon as I arrived at the terminal. I did not know if they would have a room but I got one easily for 450 pesos – my own bathroom, TV and air conditioning. Pretty good value.

Sogod Panorama
Panorama at Sogod

I spent two nights in Sogod. There was not much to see. I just went for walks to the beach and the harbour. The food is not as bad as people make out. I have had some decent meals but nothing of the quality of Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand. It is not very spicy and a bit bland most of the time. Oh well, this morning I am off to Tacloban, half way across the island. It is about 130 kilometers north, which seems like a long way because most trips are about 60 kilometers per day. doh!

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