by Jakob Mueller

On 12 March 2019, Roy John presented an excellent talk on wildlife in Japan to the OFNC monthly meeting.

Those of you who attended will remember that the projector was acting up, and was unable to properly display anything with red pigments.

Those of you who missed this talk are in luck – you can see a sample of Roy’s images below. Unfortunately you will have to imagine the descriptions, anecdotes and jokes that accompanied them. (If you feel like you missed out, you’re right.)

Above: Roy (left) with friendly restaurateur and bird intelligencer Hattori-san (centre), in noticeably red (not blue) clothes.

Below are a selection of Roy’s photos that were most affected by the projector’s deficiency.

We begin with the infamous “Blue Magnolia” from the beginning of the talk, which is in fact a pink Gardenia. If this still looks blue to you, you may need to adjust your set… or monitor, or phone, or other device:

Here is Roy’s bento box lunch, with salmon that is properly pink:

Here is the Dusky Thrush – note the cinnamon feathers on the wing:

This Japanese Macaque always has a rosy face, and isn’t just embarrassed to have a photo taken:

This familiar Red Fox (they have a circumboreal distribution) really is red:

The Great Spotted Woodpecker has a distinct red undertail:

The Eurasian Jay sports a pinkish hue:

Notice the colourful plumage of a male Harlequin Duck:

Similarly colourful, here is a Falcated Teal:

A soaring White-tailed Eagle shows its rich brown colour:

Last but not least, here is the Stellar’s Sea Eagle in the proper shades:

Thanks again to Roy John for persevering through our technical glitch and for making these photos available for viewing here.

The next monthly meeting on April 9 will be Trees on the Landscape: Servants and Masters presented by Justin Peter, another talk not to miss. Hopefully it won’t even be snowing!