Japanese White-Eye Hiding in Sakura

Today’s photo is a Mejiro hiding out in the middle of some cherry blossoms.

These are called kawazu-zakura. They are a deeper pink than other kinds of cherry blossoms, and usually last longer (up to a few weeks). They are also the earliest cherry blossoms, usually starting to appear around February.

The bird is a mejiro. The English name, Japanese White-Eye, comes from that white ring around their eyes. These guys are always moving to and fro, rarely pausing, so getting a photo of them is really tough.

I took this on a photowalk with a brilliant bird photographer, my buddy Mike Romani. Go look at his work if you want to be amazed.


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