Greasy Joan Doth Keel the Pot

Off we go into the night to seek the Yanbaru Kuina, with our tummies full of fabulous food and drink, except noble Ichiro san who is driving. So the deal is that the Yanburu Kuina is a very rare bird that skulks around the undergrowth in the hundreds of square miles of the forest of Yanbaru, which is the totally northern part of the island. The chances of seeing one are low as there are hundreds of square miles of forest but very few birds. However we have a secret weapon – Ichiro san! Not only is he a fine painter but is also a first class ornithologist. We drive along slowly, shining flashlights into the trees.

Within 5 minutes Ichiro san sees one! It is in a perfect spot at the end of a branch with no brush in front. We have an excellent view. The Kuina clamber up into trees to sleep. They are scared of Habus, highly venomous snakes that slide and slither around at night.

Hooray! So good

We keep driving and soon see a baby Scops Owl.

Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-whit;
Tu-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
Not a Habu but a Pryers Keelback Snake. https://okinawanaturephotography.com/tag/herping-in-northern-okinawa-with-shawn-miller/

The Milky Way fills the sky or so I am told. I forgot to bring my glasses.

Barringtonia racemosa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barringtonia_racemosa
Big Crab
Super rare gecko.

We saw lots of other good stuff but I am still struggling with the new lens and did not get any good photos.

Next day we resume the fun at 6:00 am. Again, we soon see a rail looking for earthworms by the side of the road. I screw up the photography. We go up to a headland to watch the dawn.

The dawn comes up like thunder

We go to a beach.

7:00 Monday morning. What a great way to start the week!

Back to the hotel, outside of which there is a tree covered with flaming blossom. The blossom are covered with butterflies.

Hello
I wish I had a butterfly field guide
I don’t like sponge cake
Bye bye

Thanks Ichiro san for guiding us. Such a great trip!

Just to round things up, here is what we ate on the way home.

Breakfast
Lunch. More than I can deal with. My companion, being a Japanese woman, woofs it down!

Click twice on all the photos!

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1 Response to Greasy Joan Doth Keel the Pot

  1. virtuallyrachelgmailcom says:

    How DELIGHTFUL! …so good of you to share 😘💞

    On Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 12:24 AM The Quiet Ripple Defines The Pond wrote:

    > spikekalashnikov posted: ” Off we go into the night to seek the Yanbaru > Kuina, with our tummies full of fabulous food and drink, except noble > Ichiro san who is driving. So the deal is that the Yanburu Kuina is a very > rare bird and skulks around the undergrowth in the hundreds of s” >

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