Amami Oshima is
Our first encounter on the island was the Blue Rock Thrush (Isohiyodoriイソヒヨドリ).
Common Sandpiper (Isoshigiイソシギ)
The Amami White-backed Woodpecker (Ooakageraオオアカゲラ) was far up the hill...
The Amami White-backed Woodpecker is still considered as a subspecies of the White-backed Woodpecker but could be seperated from it eventually.
We wished to see them once more but no luck...
Grey-faced Buzzard (Sashibaサシバ)
We saw only a few Kestrels (Chogemboチョウゲンボウ) during our stay.
There must be enough insects, reptiles, mice and other small living creatures to sustain so many birds of prey and other birds on the island:)
We had an experienced, enthusiastic guide, Mr Nagae, from Amami-shizen-gakko (Amami Nature School) for a day. He is an Amami boy born and bred and has a wide range of interests and knowledge - nature, cultural heritages, food, fishing ... basically anything on the island. If anyone has a plan to visit Amami Ohshima, we'd recommend him as your guide! You'll definitely have fun!