After a night of sailing south, our voyage continued at the island of Amami. Here, we divided into different groups to explore the culture and natural history of this gorgeous and little-known island. I was lucky enough to lead a group of nature enthusiasts to a patch of great forest. Here we focused on the birds, but we also saw many cool plants and critters including endemic frogs and snakes. From the birding side, the Lidth’s jay was a certain highlight. A stunning jay with great colors and an attitude. What isn’t to love?

All of us enjoyed the scenery and friendly people of Amami and are looking forward to Okinawa tomorrow.