This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Smew, ミコアイサ

The small pond nearby had more to offer. Lots of common ducks and 10 Smews. 6 males and 4 females. The clouds cleared. In my head as well as in the sky.

Smew, ミコアイサ

All 6 males and 1 female

The female seems much smaller. She has such a sweet face.

When the sun broke through the water colored a bit blue

All 10 together



bata bata

At sea

The weather was kind of bad in the morning. The fore casted clear skies didn't show up and rain clouds hoovered  above me till past midday. I had hoped to see the Black Scoters. A flock of 50 birds had been reported, but I missed them. There were some other ducks in the far distance:

Harlequin Duck, シノリガモ

2 Black-throated Loons, オオハムwere nearby 

A little disappointing

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Naumann’s Thrush, ハチジョウツグミ

Afternoon cruise around Imazu and... Finally something worth blogging up.


The tide came in and Lapwings that had been feeding on the exposed mudflat returned to the fields - chasing the Naumann's Thrush to the far corner. They look pretty in the sun. A few weeks from now and the surroundings will have nice colors as well.

Monday, 30 January 2017

One sunny afternoon in January

They are just common birds, but spring is around the corner...!

Red-flanked Bluetail, ルリビタキ

Japanese White-eye, メジロ

Bull-headed Shrike, モズ

Pale Thrush, シロハラ

Friday, 20 January 2017

Trip to Kagoshima 2, Ibusuki - Hitoyoshi

Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ

Our goal was Ibusuki for the Nanohana marathon. The weather was still bad, the parking lot where we camp every year a swimming pool, but I had my boots. After a soak in a hotspring we were ready for the ordeal. However, after everybody got up in rain jackets etc the rain stopped, the sun broke through and the day became horendously humid and way too hot for the runners. But all our friends, including Jaap finnished,

The drummers doing their thing were in good spirits.

That night, after the party we left Ibusuki and spend the night at Sakurajima SA as usual, so we could get an early start the next day.

We drove to Hitoyoshi in Kumamoto to see the Crested Kingfisher, but he wasn't at his usual fishing point. During a quick visit to a friends house we learned he had been down stream that day. Too bad.
On to the Aoi Aso Shrine for the roosters that we saw there. They also shined in absence...