Broadbill -Birdwatcher's site
Birding in the world
Welcome to "Broadbill"!!
"Broadbill" is a birdwatcher's
site which shows birds of Australia, Malaysia
and other countries as well as my home country,
Japan. I hope that you enjoy this site.
Since I was a kid, I enjoyed staying in nature.
Chasing butterflies and dragonflies...
etc. It was a very natural thing for me to
be absorbed in birdwatching while there are
not many mammals in Japan. There are about
600 species of birds recorded in Japan.
Japan is a complex of islands which lies
between sub-arctic and sub-tropic climate.
So, some of them are recorded only in northern
parts of Japan, such as Hokkaido while some
others cannot be seen except Okinawa, southern
prefecture. I had enjoyed much ticking a
new species into my life list until I saw
about 400 species in Japan. However, after
400 species, it has been very difficult for
me to see something new.
If I was a usual birdwatcher, I spent more
money for chasing a lifer for me as other
Japanese birders do. However, I did
not have to do so.
In 1993, there was an opportunity for me
to go down to Australia. Although I was not
so impressed with birds in Australia before
going there because of too vivid color of
birds, I was soon able to enjoy birdwatching
in the country. They were certainly colorful
as (or even more) a field guide book. They
were also mostly new for me. This reminded
me my beginner birdwatcher's age.
By 1996, I stayed in Australia for about
2.5 years. During the time, I enjoyed birdwatching
there and saw over 500 species in the country.
Between 1996 and 1998, I went back to Japan
for my business. I rather missed birdwatching
in Australia while I lost opportunity to
see many birds as Australia.
In 1998, there was second opportunity for
me to live outside of Japan. I got a job
in Malaysia. Before leaving Japan, of course,
I bought a field guide book and checked birds
day and day. There were so many colorful
and strange birds.
During two years in Malaysia, I spent my
free time mostly for birdwatching. I don't
know why I was able to be absorbed in birdwatching,
again. Probably, because there are many different
birds which live in different habitat with
Allegedly, there are about 8,000 species
of birds in the world.
I would like to show you some of the birds
what I saw and took photos in Australia,
Malaysia and other countries while I introduce
you Japanese birds and birdwatching spots.
(Regent Bowerbird Male, Queensland, Australia.
Photos taken by Koji TAGI ©)
Thank you for your comments and advice!!