Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In Search of the Elusive Ruddy Kingfisher and Barhopping

Two birds stuffed and mounted in museum

This pair of birds are sitting, stuffed in some museum.

Sometimes, I shoot wildlife like that, just to help with identification, if I ever see one in the wild.

The label, under the bird on the left, says Akachobin (アカショウビン).

That tells me, it's a Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda). 

Dead Ruddy Kingfisher found on road

Here's one I shot with my cell phone. It's sort of in the wild but, dead.

After tying the dogs to a guardrail and snapping the photo, I email it out.

Animal control folks might want to know what killed the bird.

Now I Want to Capture a Live One in the Wild with a Real Camera


Shooting wildlife in museums, zoos, or, dead alongside the highway isn't much fun.

The Ruddy Kingfisher isn't on the endangered species list, yet.

But, the are becoming scarce, in Japan.

They say, the birds more likely to be heard than seen.

Not trusting the Wiki Dudes, as reliable for more than a Latin name, I go on.

Neighborhood Bars Are a Great Resource


The internet has some trustworthy resources, too. I'll list them later.

Armed with the photo, saved to the cell phone and, the word, Akachobin, I went to town.

The first guy who saw the photo was wondering how I got it.

"That's an Akachobin. Where did you find it and how did you catch it on a cell phone?"

"Hah. I found it before six, this morning, 10 meters from your house," I told him.

"And, it was dead," I added.

 After a few other people at the bar confirmed what the bird was, it was time to move on.

It's always best to get more opinions. And, beers, too.

The Next Bar Hit the Jackpot


There was a woman.  She looked at the photo and said, "Akachobin."

And, she said the birds make a real loud scary noise in the jungle, especially at night.

They scare her.  So, I told her, "Don't go in the jungle at night."

And, she made the noise !

So, I put my cell phone away and had a few more beers.

I could hardly wait for morning.

Late night research kills me.

But, the wife knows it's important.


 If you live on the island of Okinawa and hear one, don't call me.

Send me mail (ryukyumike [at] gmail.com) and, I'll come shoot it for you, with a camera, of course.

The cell phone is just for emails, cmails and crappy photos.  I can't hear it.




Bird Ecology Singapore

Watch a Kingfisher Eat a Snail Without Swallowing the Shell at Nature Society Singapore 

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