Sunday, June 04, 2006

Bird Island Sanctuary

We went down to Bird Island today. We hiked down to the island, snorkeled inside the reef for a bit, went back onto the island to take some pictures, and then snorkeled outside of the reef for a bit.

The Japanese used to call Bird Island "Moon Viewing Island." I tried to take a photo that incorporated the moon, the birds, and the island. The above photo is what I came up with.

Bird Island deserves her name. There truly are a lot of birds there.

I took a few pictures of some other birds, too. Here are just a few:

White Tailed Tropicbirds:
Golden White Eye (Cleptornis marchei):
Bridled White Eye (Zosterops conscilliatus):
Black Noddy:

We saw a few other things, too. I still don't have an underwater camera, so you will have to make do with above water shots for a few more weeks. Here you go:

I think that will do.

I am going to jazz up and repost this for my coral reef outreach blog. The post will be about the entire Bird Island Sanctuary, which includes the Grotto and extends to the Bird Island Lookout. I'm not going to do it today, but go to that page and bookmark it. You might learn something.


Anonymous said...

Incredible pics almost forgot how beautiful Saipan is. Thanks for reminding me...

Chris said...

I can't believe you live there! I'm so incredibly jealous!