Friday, October 9, 2020

Grey-faced Buzzard - Migratory Visitor to Okinawa

 


 

Spotted Today in Kin Town



They've been on the island for a few days now but, this morning was the first time I saw one. 


It's always nice to see these characters, they are raptors and eat bugs, snakes, and mice.


It would really be cool to see one grab a mongoose and fly off with it. Not gonna happen.






Crows don't appreciate these birds coming to vacation for the winter.


This one hopped around on the wire, yelling at the guest about being here.


The buzzard just stared at him like, "How'd you like your face shredded, knucklehead?"


The crow finished his little speech and flew off to be a nuisance somewhere else.


MORE ABOUT GREY-FACED BUZZARDS

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Ryukyu Flying Fox in Flight Under Blue Skies

 Supposed to Be Nocturnal



Many times you can spot them early in the morning or evening when it's not dark outside.

When I take a long hike, to view the sunrise over the ocean, sometimes I'm disappointed.

Clouds on the horizon blocked the sunrise this morning so I had to find a different subject.






It was about 7:30 AM when I decided to pack up and start the long walk home.

Usually, I'd have taken a few dozen photos of birds but, today nothing of interest appeared.

My backpack was lifted and slung over the shoulders and I was ready to fold the tripod.

All of a sudden this Pteropus dasymallus flew out of a tree right near me!



They're Fruit Bats




Nothing to panic over, these critters don't fly around biting people or their pets.

Fruit farmers get upset with them, for snatching their crops but, they are also helping.

They keep things growing by spreading the pollen of flowers from plant to plant.

They are relatively harmless to humans except for one thing I can think of.

Don't look up in the sky (with your mouth open) when they're flying overhead.

They could squirt something in your face and, I hear it doesn't taste good!



Previous Post: Endangered Bat




Thursday, October 1, 2020

OCT 1 2020: The First Full Moon Over Okinawa


 

Another Full Moon Will Appear on Halloween



Camera: Pentax K3


Lens: Sigma 50-500 with 1.4 Converter Focal Length 700 MM


Date and Time: OCT 1 2020 7:04 PM


Location: Kin Town Okinawa Japan