Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Wildlife Photos: Black-faced Spoonbill
The Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) is an endangered species.
These photos were taken at Tomigusuku Okinawa, Japan, today.
Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper, reported that four of the birds arrived on Okinawa Nov 8, 2012.
So, Doc and I went looking for them and snapped a few hundred pictures.
They eat small fish, crabs and anything else they can find in tidal flats.
Younger birds have pinkish-colored bills. Mature ones black.
I don't know if this guy was yawning, or just stretching his jaws.
The bird is protected in China, Japan, Taiwan, North and South Korea.
This Black-faced Spoonbill, I decided to call K96 because that's what his tag says.
The Wild Bird Society of Japan is supposed to be helping these birds.
Somebody needs to tell the people of Tomigusuku.
The place these Black-faced Spoonbills are living in, looks pretty polluted, to me.