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03 September 2016 @ 01:25 am
Allure of the Seas Day 6  
Ok almost caught up with posts now. But before I get to that I want to post last night's dream. I dreamt I was back in college and I was taking my very last class to graduate. I don't know why I keep having dreams about school when I graduated years ago. So my final class was English class. I had left it because it was easy or so I thought. I know my grammar and in highschool English was easy for me. So I go into the room and am deciding what desk to sit at. My friend JokerForever303 was in this dream. He was one of my classmates and I was happy to see him. I don't know what you looked like. My mind I think just make you look like an average guy I couldn't not describe what you looked like as it was literally blurry. But the class turned out to be a nightmare. The teacher was a real jerk. Some big scary black guy that was purposely failing everyone. He was one of those that says "no one gets better than a C" in his class. On one of my reports he took points off and gave me a C because I used birds as an example. I got so mad about that because the grammar part which is what mattered was all correct. The whole class was angry at him. They wanted to complain but he threatened to fail those that did and that they couldn't get rid of him because he'd been there or 30 years and no one had been able to defeat him. He also thought that since I had not complained I had no problems with him. Wrong. I was recording everything he said, keeping everyone's tests and was going to sue. I'd somehow been put in charge by all the classmates but nothing else became of the dream. I'm sure I could have defeated him and helped everyone else but how stupid to even dream about it. But some part of me liked it.

Ok so got up today and we were arriving in Labadee Haiti. I was super excited about this mostly for all the cool birds. I know this place is full of endemics (birds found nowhere else in the world) Last time I saw the palmchat. I hoped to see those again. I was more excited about that than the Dragon's Flight Zip Line. Look it up on youtube. It's an amazing drop off a mountain. So Chris and I got up and had breakfast at the Park Cafe again. Then we went to our orientation and to fill out the waivers. They took us out and got us suited up to do this. We did a little practice drop on a smaller zip line. No problem. I said that's the chance people have if they want to chicken out. If they don't like that it's a good time to quit as they won't like the big one. We were then driven to the top of the mountain which was very cool. The day was beautiful. I'm glad all three days ashore have had perfect weather. We could see the cruise ship from up there. Funny enough they let almost all of us down at the same time I came in last. Even the person after me caught up fast and passed me. I think it's because I was the lightest I just didn't have the speed. It's ok as I got more time to film everything that way. I didn't find it scary at all. I wasn't scared at all actually and the drop was fun and lovely.

Chris went back on the ship to drop off the gopro and get my other camera and our sun gear. I'm glad we didn't bring everything and use the lockers because the lockers cost money. It's hassle going all the way to the ship and going through customs but it's FREEEEE.

We then had lunch and so began my birding adventure. And wow I mostly saw endemics and some amazing ones.

Narrow Billed Tody. OMG I knew this was Toady but I wasn't sure which one. I love looking these up when I get "home". Endemic to Hispaniola. This was such a pretty colorful green bird. Green birds are so rare at least you don't see them in North America so I'm thrilled to see them on my travels.

Black Crowned Palm Tanager. At first I thought this was some kind of Jay. But when he wasn't in with the crows I had to search the whole book then found him in with the Tanagers. Another Endemic. Wow so lovely.

White Necked Crow. This is one of my faves. Looks like a normal crow but has red eyes. But the coolest thing about these is the voice. They don't' sound like crows at all. They sound like parrots. I thought I was looking for a parrot til I saw this guy. They also travel in pairs which is great. I never got a good recording of their voices but they sound so cool.

I also got to see the Palm Chat again and some kind of new warbler. I need to get a pic up later but it's also an endemic. The only other bird I saw that wasn't endemic was a Grey Kingbird and they are everywhere. Oh I saw a cut baby though, newly fledged with no tail. He was singing like he was an adult. He looked so funny but already singing. Amazing. I also saw some strange butterfly I need to ID. No giant caterpillars this time though. It's probably not the right time of year.

About that. We've always traveled in Oct for Halloween. This is a new at the end of Aug for us. We haven't seen as many other ships because of that as before. Also fewer seabirds and flying fish which has been a minor disappointment out at sea. And now no caterpillars. Well it is different but we do like Oct travel better.

We're both exhausted and sun burnt despite wearing lots of protective clothing. I'm tired and I'm ready to go home finally. I have had my fun. No ready to go back the all the stress of dealing with the other house but I do want to go back. I need to write Mike. I heard a hurricane went by. Only a category 1 and the media is probably making it sound worse than it is. But haven't heard from anyone back home so I'll do email after this. Hey Roller, if you see Gamma give her a poke for me. I'm surprised she hasn't popped in here to say something.
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actipton80actipton80 on September 3rd, 2016 10:37 am (UTC)
So many cute birds. I want to fluff that green one. The crow is cute too.
rollertrollerrollertroller on September 3rd, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that teacher sounds like a complete jerk, glad it was just a dream and it's interesting that Jokerforever was in it. The photos of the birds are very nice, especially the Narrow Billed Tody.

Edited at 2016-09-03 01:23 pm (UTC)
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on September 4th, 2016 10:37 am (UTC)
First of all, what a detailed dream! It sounds like a challenge that you were up to. Reminds me of a couple of stinkers of teachers I had, too. One was a science one, unfortunately. I came top of his class once. Did I get any praise? No! But the rest of the class got in trouble for not doing as well as me (100%, can't do any better than that! Except for when we got bonus points in biology.) The other teacher I'm pretty sure everybody else hated and I went pretty near to doing something about him. I wouldn't wonder others weren't, too.

Absolutely wonderful photos of the birds! I love the green on the first one. That second one was tricky to identify. The call of the white necked crow sounds cool. I tried to find a recording on the net but failed dismally. Never mind. I read a pretty good description on it. And cool you got to see a Palm Chat again and I love warblers. They may not look incredible, but their songs are beautiful.

I think I would like to travel in August (high summer) rather than autumn, although you would see more caterpillars etc in autumn. Good that there are less ships!

I hope everything is okay at home. It's good to have had 'enough' holiday so that you are looking forward to getting home.

Oh, and although the zip line would have been fun, I, too, prefer the wildlife. Yes, I was thinking that you would have travelled more slowly as you're lighter. All the more time to see everything!

Edited at 2016-09-04 10:39 am (UTC)
jokerforeverjokerforever on September 4th, 2016 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yay I made a dream cameo! Ha I can't help but imagine if I actually did look like The Joker with all the make up and everything and no one seemed to mind. At any rate it's awesome I was in this dream, apart from that jerk of a teacher who purposely tried to fail everybody. The bird pic are beautiful, I could look at the Narrow Billed Tody all day long.
Des: Ophidius Deviousthagirion on September 9th, 2016 12:01 pm (UTC)
Finally I can comment. Yes you made it into one of my dreams. It would have been way cooler if you'd been the Joker. I wondered why my brain didn't do that instead. I've been thinking about our characters and our equivalents from Batman and you and I would be Joker and Scarecrow.
jokerforeverjokerforever on September 10th, 2016 03:35 am (UTC)
That would be awesome us being Joker and Scarecrow, I can already picture that in my mind.
Desthagirion on September 10th, 2016 12:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think they'd get along in the cartoon but as representations of us...oh yes. I'm trying to visualize it. Hehe, I have a harder time with that because INTJ's have Ni (introverted intution) which doesn't help to see mental pictures clearly. INTP's have Ne (extroverted intuition) which helps with visualization, imagination. For you guys if you hear a story read you see the movie in your heads perfectly. For us we only get words and it's linguistical. But anyway yeah I sort of picture it.
shanglong87: easy-goingshanglong87 on September 8th, 2016 08:37 pm (UTC)
Lovely bird photos, a thing i like about them is the angle. Bird photos generally show the subject in the side view but here we can see them from different angles, st least the white-necked crow. I didn't understand a thing: why Corvus leucognaphalus is called white-necked when i don't see any white spot XD? Besides its call which is amazing and very different from the common harsh caw, i love the fact bill is long and deep and curves gently downward to the tip giving the bird a large headed appearance. As for the dream, ah it's nice one of your friends made an oneiric cameo :D plus it is a very interesting dream.
Desthagirion on September 9th, 2016 11:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. I like your new icons btw. I noticed the raven in the last comment and now this bald eagle looking down at the raven. Ha. Though I love corvids I always cheer for the raptors because corvids start the fights. They are jerks. Haha. I'm glad you like my photos. Well birds in the wild don't always pose beautifully from the sides like they "should". I'm happy if I can get a pic in focus where you can see the face. I love those white neck crows. I know I hate the stupid name. Even when fluffy I didn't see any white anywhere. Red Eyed crow would have been a way better name. I found a youtube of the call but it wasn't the parrot like one which I have not been able to find anywhere. I want to go back to that island just to film them and get the sounds. I really thought I'd found a parrot at first. I love how adult crows and ravens are black even inside their beaks.

I love fun dreams and they are great if friends make appearances like this.
shanglong87: hungryshanglong87 on September 9th, 2016 01:44 pm (UTC)
If you want to hear some White-necked Crow calls (we call this species Red-eyed Crow Corvus erythropis which means red-eyed crow XD even the binomial name is stupid), i've found this site called xeno-canto.org : http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Corvus-leucognaphalus
Desthagirion on September 10th, 2016 12:50 pm (UTC)
Oh thanks. I will check those out a little later. The scientific name here is listed as Corvus leucognaphalus white nape. Again no white.
shanglong87shanglong87 on September 10th, 2016 12:55 pm (UTC)
You are welcome. Yes, useless scientific name DX