Spotting and watching birds has been a favorite activity of mine for many years. Now I am in Okinawa and I am born again. Not “born again” like:
I am born again cos I am in a new bird environment. When birdwatching you see the first 200 or so birds in a region in the first couple of years and then pick up rarer stuff by either luck or work. Work means going to weirdo places specifically to see birds. Thus in Europe I have seen my 200, in the US I have seen my 200 but in Okinawa I am starting afresh.
Okinawa is cool because I think there are less than 200 birds that live or come to the island. Compare that to over 700 for the States. There is a pretty good chance that I can see them all! Yahoo, I am born again.
Without trying, these are the birds I have seen so far.
Pacific Reef Egret
Oriental Turtle Dove
Blue Rock Thrush
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Black-headed (Tricolored) Munia
So sooner, I hope, than later, I will set off for some seious birdwatching. Those of you who are not birdwatchers, who string yourselves up in strange, complex harnesses with an orange in your mouth and a vial of Amyl Nitrate up your nose to have thrill, think of me with my binoculars and fresh air.