Harris Hawks in Flight: Pt. III of IV

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Please click to enlarge. Hawk landing!

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Preparing to launch.

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Launching. Note hawk in the back preparing to follow.

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Another launch.

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Freedom!

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The joy of flight!

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Responding to call and returning to glove.

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Landing.

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Landing for Jim.

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Coming home! Oh don’t you wish you could fly?

We are on the road now en route to a family mountain ski trip for the holidays. Today we found and got close to more wild red tails and a barn owl. Stay tuned for Pt. IV, the red tails flying close ……and maybe an owl or two!

Cheers to you from the road!

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Tsukiji, Japan – The World Famous Fish Market In Tokyo

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Hurry! Get there now! The world famous Tsukiji, Tokyo’s fish market is supposed to move to new premises at the beginning of 2017, so unless the government decides to postpone the move (due to the contamination of the new location) this could be your last chance to see one of the most amazing Japanese sights.

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Tsukiji tokyo fish market map

The fish market as stands today started operating in 1935 and is largely unchanged since then.   It serves as the wholesale market for fish for Tokyo, but also has vegetables and fruit. It still is the largest fish market in the world.

For us our latest trip to Tsukiji started early, we wanted to be there before 6am.  Be aware that most of the action at the market takes place between 5 and 8am, any later and the stalls will be closing down.  At 4 or 5am the market receives…

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Ang Basketball Tournament ng JPLS TODA (Barangay Real 2, Bacoor City)

ANG BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

NG JPLS TODA (BARANGGAY REAL 2, BACOOR CITY)

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang Justinville/Perpetual/Luzville/Silver Homes Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (JPLS TODA) ay nagsikap na magdaos ng simpleng basketball tournament sa abot ng makakaya nito. Hindi sila gaanong nangalap ng mga donasyon, maliban na lang sa mga tropeo. Ang kaunting pagkain at mineral water ay gastos ng mga miyembro at opisyal. Ang bayad naman sa professional na mga referee ay may malaking discount. Nakatulong din ng malaki ang basketball court ng Silver Homes 1 na walang bubong at libreng nagamit. Nagtiis man sa init ng araw ay enjoy pa rin ang mga team na naglaro sa elimination rounds dahil idinaos  sa hapon kung kaylan matumal ang biyahe. Ang championship game lang ang idinaos sa gabi ng Sabado, December 12 upang malaman kung alin sa natirang tatlong team na “White”, “Green”, at “Blue” ang magiging champion. Inabot din ng apat na Sabado at Linggong palaro o mahigit isang buwan, bago umabot sa araw ng championship na paglalabanan ng nasabing tatlong team.

 

Nakakamangha ang pagkamasigasig ng mga organizers at mga miyembro dahil sa kabila ng halos walang pahinga nilang biyahe na kung minsan ay inaabot ng gabi ay pinilit nilang maidaos ang tournament.  At, sa kabila pa rin ito ng pinagkasyang budget. Pagpapakita nila ito ng kanilang tapat na pakikipagtulungan sa programa ng lokal na pamahalaang lunsod ng Bacoor na sa ngayon ay nasa pamamahala ni mayor Lani Mercardo-Revilla. Ang nasabing programa ay idinaan sa Barangay Real 2 na nasa pamamahala naman ni Kapitan BJ Aganus. Sagot din ng samahan ang tournament sa panawagan ng bagong presidente, Rodrigo Duterte na gamitin ang libreng panahon sa mga bagay na makabuluhan sa halip na sa droga.

 

Tulad ng mga drayber ng jeep at bus, silang mga traysikel naman ang minamaneho ay hindi rin ligtas sa mga hinalang gumagamit ng shabu dahil sa paniwalang nakakatulong ito upang makatagal daw sila sa puyatan. Totoo man o hindi, ang mahalaga ay pinapatunayan ng asosasyon na wala ni isa mang adik sa kanila o talamak ang pagkagumon sa nasabing bisyo. Wala ni isa mang kasong may nawalan ng katinuan mula sa kanilang hanay dahil sa droga, tulad ng mga nababalitaang nangyayari sa ibang lugar.

 

Ang mga opisyal ng JPLS TODA ay sina, Danny Sagenes (Presidente); Freddie Casil (Bise-Presidente); Davis Sagenes (Kalihim); Rolly Guevarra (Ingat-yaman). Si Danny Sagenes ay nakaka-siyam nang taon bilang presidente dahil nakitaan siya ng sigasig na ang hangad ay maisulong ang kasiyahan at kapakanan ng mga miyembro. Bukod sa tournament, nagdadaos din ang samahan ng Christmas party kung kaya ng budget mula sa buwanang ambag ng mga miyembro dahil sa mga bibilhing pagkain at regalong ipapa-raffle. At, dahil maganda ang kanilang layunin, kalimitan ay may mga homeowners na nagkukusang magbigay ng donasyon. Hindi rin nawawala ang donasyon mula sa barangay at pamahalaang lunsod ng Bacoor.

 

Ang mga ginagawa ng samahan ay ikinatutuwa naman ng mga homeowners ng barangay Real 2 na panatag ang nararamdaman…taliwas sa mga nangyayari sa ibang barangay kung saan ay atubili ang mga umuuwi ng dis-oras ng gabi at sumasakay sa traysikel.

 

Respect Should Prevail Over Arrogance When Presenting Views in the Internet

Respect Should Prevail over Arrogance

When Presenting Views in the Internet

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Definitely and obviously, differing views create rifts and even violent reaction among internet users on different issues. Commentors on blogs are themselves, considered as bloggers. Those who post extensive write-ups on issues, who consider themselves full time bloggers are just “view initiators”. Ill-feeling even among friends results when commenting friends criticize the blogger as a person which for them is the reason why he came up with certain blogs. On the other hand, the criticism of some commentors, though, directed to the issue, are ill-founded and tainted with more selfishness, rather than with consideration of the majority. An example is the issue on the corrupted educational system that encourages the use of workbook-formatted “text books”. Some commentors who can afford the sky-high cost of books that should be purchased every start of the school term, have no kind words for bloggers who criticize the government agency for continuously allowing such practice to happen.

 

Another is the issue on the killing of drug lords and pushers. Just because the rich feel safe inside their homes in exclusive subdivisions and because they do not go out often to earn their keeps and if ever, in chauffeured expensive cars, they criticize the killing which for them is against the right to live, instead, of appreciating the result which is the eradication of the criminals who kill the innocents who have the same right. Those who are exposed, however, to these criminals because they live in thickly populated communities and slums, feel otherwise, so that they are thankful that the criminals  are eliminated before they can go on spreading terror. IN THIS REGARD, ALL OF THEM, DESPITE THEIR DIFFERING VIEWS ON THE ISSUE, SHOULD BE RESPECTED FOR THEIR OPINION FOR AS LONG AS THEY DO NOT EXCHANGE ACCUSATIONS, AS BY ALL INDICATIONS,  IT IS CLEAR THAT WHAT IS GOOD FOR SOMEBODY MAY BE BAD FOR ANOTHER.

 

Views that may enhance the blog of the initiator should be presented “based” on his presentation, hence, should come out as not necessarily criticisms. If this happens, it would encourage others to come out with their own without fear of being lambasted. A heated uncalled for heated exchange can be avoided if commentors will only respect the blogger and fellow commentors. Telling the blogger and other commentors that they are wrong because their views are different, is tantamount to showing the arrogance of those who do such, because their act is a clear manifestation of their “felt superiority”. The view of the latter can be better appreciated if they are humble enough to just simply present them and if they need clarification on certain aspects they should say so.

 

The internet, particularly, facebook should not create ill-feelings among friends with differing views for which subject personalities such as politicians do not give a damn. Personally, I like Duterte because of his effort to eradicate or at least minimize the drug problem in the country, aside from his inspiring phenomenal soar to power despite his humble beginnings. But I do not like his brashness, especially jokes on women which are better shared during drinking sprees. So viewers could see that I am not 100% for Duterte as I only like him for the good aspects of his person.  I also have nothing against the Catholic Church, but only to her erring priests and nuns. I have the right to present my observation as I feel for those who are concerned and affected. This attitude also goes for my view of other churches and religious communities, because, first and foremost, my being a Free Thinker makes it so. I am for ALL for as long as they are good and not selfish.

 

If I had been selfish, I would not be blogging, risking my security in the process, due to the sensitive issues that I am tackling. I would just also be enjoying my life and what is left of Nature which is my other passion, while not giving a damn if families are affected by the drug problem and the Catholic flock who are fooled by SOME of the priests to whom they give utmost  respect because they view them as “representatives” of God on earth.

Pacific Flyway (click to enlarge)~

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The Salton Sea near Anza Borrego Desert in Southern California is one of the crucial wetland stops on The Pacific Flyway for birds migrating between Alaska and Latin America.
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6 million birds rest here every year. (Snow Geese, Glossy Ibis)
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424 different bird species have been counted at The Salton Sea. (Snowy Egret)
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San Diego County hosts more than 500 different bird species, more than any other location in the continental United States. (White Pelicans)
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The Salton Sea sits 228 feet below sea level, its salinity percentage is greater than The Pacific Ocean, and it is California’s largest lake.

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The sea has been steadily evaporating for the past fifteen years, and this evaporation is accelerating due to Southern California’s prolonged drought.
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If the sea evaporates, 6 million migratory birds could be brutally affected. (American Avocet)
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90% of California wetlands are already gone! (Black-Necked Stilt)
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95% of the US population of…

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