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Chikara Otani

Chikara Otani

Chikara Otani lives in Tokyo. Birding since his early years, Otani spent some time at school in England before setting off on travels which have taken him throughout the world in pursuit of birds (he even rediscovered Roborovski’s Rosefinch on the Tibetan plateau!). He currently works as a freelance environmental consultant, specializing in raptors, in particular Mountain Hawk-Eagle. He also has an in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna of the entire Japanese archipelago. When not working or birding overseas, Otani indulges a keen interest in the vocalizations and taxonomy of Japanese birds and has recently published a paper in the OBC bulletin where he suggests that several more Japanese taxa merit elevation to endemic species status.


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Chikara Otani will be leading the following tours:

JAPAN IN WINTER Monday 18th February 2019 - Monday 4th March 2019
Pelagic Extension: 4th March — 6th March
JAPAN Tuesday 21st May 2019 - Tuesday 4th June 2019
Hokkaido Extension: 4th June — 9th June