Keep Our Villages Safe

Blakiston's Fish Owl
(Bubo blakistoni)

Japanese: Shima-fukuro

Ainu: Kotankorokamui - ("God who protects villages")

Rausu, Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan

February 24, 2018

Time flies. Already a week ago I enjoyed birding in Hokkaido with friends from home. I really owe a big thanks to my wife. She planned the itinerary, made the bookings, drove us 604kms between birds, translated and communicated for us, she cleared the skies and calmed the sea. I am eternally grateful.

Waiting for this monstrous owl was an intriguing experience. We only saw it the once. Though only once, it is not likely to fade from our memories.