Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wildlife Photo (Bird) Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) in Flight

The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) aka Curlew breeds in subarctic climates of Asia, Europe and North America and Mr Wikipedia tells me, even as far down south as Scotland.

Sometimes, I like to double check my bird sources so, we'll have to verify that with one of the EXPERTS over there who seems to have his feet on the ground (most days) and knows what's going on everywhere in Scotland. After he sees this photo, if he says he saw Whimbrels in Scotland, you can believe it's the truth because he has sharp eyes and when he writes something he calls it exactly the way he sees it.

He even knows what the Queen is thinking when she sits next to this Army guy wearing a skirt.  The dude was like a Colonel, or something and get this, he FORGETS TO PUT ON HIS UNDERPANTS!  Is he, Wee Willie Wikileaker?

Now, back to the birds who really fly. These Whimbrels only visit Okinawa in the winter. They hang around in shallow water along the shore and poke their crooked noses in mud, sand and cracks in rocks and eat little shells, crabs and whatever else they can find. It's fairly easy to shoot them when they're on the ground. But, when they decide to fly they are faster than a bat outa Scotland.

So, there's two questions I'd like to ask my contact in Scotland. First, do you have any Whimbrels there?
And, I was wondering if you guys let women be Colonels in that Army outfit; just outta curiosity !


Ryan said...

Hello Mike I can confirm that Whimbrels may be found in the north of Scotland from April through to August. I can also confirm that there are lady colonels in Scots regiments but spotting one of their beavers is almost as difficult as spotting a Whimbrel!!!!

RyukyuMike said...

There you have it, folks, confirmation from the man on the scene in Scotland with even more detailed information than my initial reference (Wikipedia) provided. Thank you, Ryan for the timely response!

Unknown said...

HaHa! Thanks for the laugh Mike. You know something tells me that any woman sitting next to the queen would be wearing underwear...Just my thoughts on the whole thing...:)

OH...........beautiful photo!

RyukyuMike said...

Sure enough, I bet you're right. That guy must have thought he was making quite an impression on someone!