Saturday, January 7, 2012
This is one of the strangest birds I've encountered in a while. I was walking down the main street in front of the Kagoshima Art Museum, and one bird came swooping down at me, followed by a second that seemed to be chasing it. The first billowed its wings open to stop in front of me and the second flew off. Initially, the first one had looked like a owl. Then it hopped up on the fence railing and looked down at the carp pool for a snack, looking like a kiwi.
Here, it looks like a 'fisher of some kind.
Now, like a hawk.
Finally, it resembles a light-colored raven.
Very strange. It's also very brave, letting me get within 5 feet of it for the photo without reacting at all.