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.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Grey Nightjar, ヨタカ

The Nightjar drops by every year. And every year the question is: Will we be able to see it? It's not a small bird, about 30cm but its colors and the pattern of its plumage fit so well in the surroundings, when it sits motionless in the tree it is nearly impossible to detect.
However, this year we got lucky! It landed on a branch of a cherry blossom tree right next to a small road and anybody walking that road could see it very clearly. All birders had a very good look, all photographers took wonderful photos and all that without disturbing the environment, nor the bird itself, who hardly noticed us while having a good rest on its yearly one-day visit in the park.

Here are "just a few" images of the Grey Nightjar, ヨタカ


Such intricate patterns of the feathers

The bill makes it look so small, but WOW what a mouth!  A mouse could fit in there easily.


Just a little stretch before going back to...


Monday, 18 May 2015

Birds in the dark 3

The last lot of birds hanging around in the dark corners of the parks: 
Japanese Paradise Flycatcher, サンコウチョウ


 A few days after the excitement that the male caused a female payed a visit. The eyes less colored and the tail just a few inches long, but still a handsome bird, equally shy and secretive.

The male was seen for 4 days, I think it was just one and the same bird. 

A small bunting that drops by every year: Tristram’s Bunting, シロハラホオジロ

 Poor shots, but we keep a respectable distance so as not to disturb the birds who have come to have a feed and a rest during their great journey.

The majority of colorful flycatchers have moved on.
But the Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ stays for a while.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Birds in the dark 2: Siberian Thrush, マミジロ

This one bird likes it very dark. It moves on the ground under the darkest of trees, looking for worms and other insects. When it sits still it's nearly impossible to detect, but the ruffling sound of dry leaves gives it away. I looked hard for a male, but could only find this female.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Birds in the dark 1

Who is that little robin, lurking in the dark?  
Siberian Blue Robin, コルリ a young male

Accompanied by a Brown-headed Thrush, アカハラ

Watching from above: Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ

Quarreling with its relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ



Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Spring in Fukuoka: Thrushes, Flycatchers and a Warbler

These photos were taken in April. I was so busy having fun with the camera that I didn't take the time to upload them right away.  First the thrushes: 

Eyebrowed Thrush, マミチャジナイ

And Brown-headed Thrush, アカハラ

Then he flycatcher family:

Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ

Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ

At last the beauty of that day:

Eastern Crowned Warbler, センダイムシクイ, singing its heart out. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Asian Stubtail, ヤブサメ and many other visitors at the park on the hill.

This yearly visitor looks much like a Japanese Bush Warbler but it has no tail. The tiny bird moves swiftly and sings in a very high insect-like tone. He will be moving on to the mountains, where I hope to hear him in summer.

Asian Stubtail Warbler, ヤブサメ

Another vocal bird that sings from the treetops. The flock has been around since last fall. I wonder if they stay for the summer... Japanese Grosbeak, イカル

Japanese Great Tit, シジュウカラ
At the usual nesting place, the parents fly on and off, delivering small bits of worms and caterpillars.

And leaving with what looks like a mouthful of droppings. Considering the size of it the chick(s) should fly out soon!

Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

At last another warbler, the Eastern Crowned Warbler, センダイムシクイ
And not the usual white belly, but a shot from the side. I had to climb up many steps to get that!