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By ATSUO BEPPU
Born in Tokyo in 1938. Passed his boyhood on Amami-oshima island. Moved to Amami again in 1974 from Tokyo. Interested in taking pictures, shooting videos and fishing.


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yEGRETS AND HERONS z

Egrets and herons usually seen in Amami are Great Egrets, Intermediate Egrets, Little Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Eastern Reef Herons and Grey Herons. They are all migratory birds, but some of them stay all year around.
 
Beaches, tidal flats, coral reefs, mouths of rivers and rice paddies are their main feeding grounds, but Cattle Egrets catch chiefly insects in the fields and grasslands.
 
Picture 1  A Great Heron is hunting prey along the water's edge.
 
Picture 2  Intermediate Egrets on the tidal flats. (The little one in the front is a Little Egret.)
 
Picture 3  A Little Egret is flying over the coral reef. (The Little Egret has the black feet and yellow toes.)
 
Picture 4  An Eastern Reef Heron is wading in the water.
 
Picture 5  Grey Herons are the biggest among the egrets and herons observed in Amami.
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