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.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

With the first snow we headed for Mt Raizan.

View of the mountain range southwest of Fukuoka city, Mt Raizan straight ahead

We drove up as far as possible, parked the car in an icy parking lot (scary!) and hiked up to the Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin temple

To see that big maple tree

We hiked further up, following a small stream and discovered....!

Spectacular formations and a lot of it

Looking for birds we saw a flock of Goldcrest, キクイタダキ in the trees, but the slippery path made it impossible to take clear pictures. The Bluetail, ルリビタキ I was hoping for was not seen.

Mt Tenzan, Saga

A day trip to the high mountain in our backyard. We left early to catch the morning light on the dam lakes on the day before the heavy snow.

I hung around the parking lot near the ski field hoping to see some higher altitude birds - with no luck. Jaap climbed the summit and when he showed me his photos I went up as well. 


Saturday, 13 January 2018



Kumamoto birding

I got out of the car to scan the river and I saw 4 Crested Kingfishers, ヤマセミ . 2 Pairs seemed to be chasing each other, fighting for territory.

A Black Kite,トビ cruising overhead

some buntings I had not seen for a while: Rustic Bunting, カシラダカ

At a frozen stream a Brown Dipper, カワガラス on ice. . . sounds like a new kind of  New Years drink :-)