The exciting bit about staying at Walpole was staying with the Kangaroos!! And of course seeing these wonderful kangaroos at close range was an awesome experience! The cottage was well equipped with cooking utensils and grill! We did a little cooking of our own- we bought steak, chicken wings, olives, cup noodles for dinner and breakfast! Oh yes, we also bought bananas and red wine! 🙂
Waking up to a wet morning where birds hardly chirped could mean a fruitless day! Fortunately, rain ceased quickly and out came the birds who were eager for their first meal of the day!! Talk about luck!! 🙂 Birds in this area include-
Finally got to end of writing my Kansai Trip report! Phew!!!!!! To make it short, I did not go to the Wakayama Port but to the Wakayama city instead! It was a very very (I cannot stress enough) cold morning with high wind speed! When I exited the train station, that strong gust of wind nearly blew me off my feet! Walking against the wind wasn’t easy for me (cough)…but I was very determined to cross the street! Why?? It was because I saw my first ever Blue Rock Thrush! For many birders, its a common bird, but it was a lifer for me!
blue rock thrush
The blue rock thrush tried to fly in a trajectory path but with strong head wind, it was “blown” away..so far away that even if I had wings…I couldn’t even chase after it! XD
Wakayama is a great place for onsen (hot springs) but I had other plans…hehe! I went to the Wakayama Castle! There were some trails that lead up to the castle itself…!
Along the trails, I saw Japanese Grosbeaks, Spot Billed ducks, Japanese wagtail, Grey wagtail, Tufted ducks, etc… but what actually caught my attention was a warbler-The Japanese Bush Warbler! 😛
Japanese bush warbler!
spot billed duck
I was really hoping to see a Japanese bunting in Japan…but I only saw the black faced bunting when I crossed the historical wood bridge at the Wakayama Castle! Outside the castle, I saw also a common buzzard and a dusky thrush…!