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, 15 April 2015

Remember March 2

We all got used to seeing the 3 Whooper Swans in Imazu, see December and January and got a surprise when one of those big white blobs turned out to be another swan...

Mute Swan, コブハクチョウ

The days got longer and warmer. The first flowers came out.

The Black-necked Grebe, ハジロカイツブリ changed color and got those cute golden plumes over his ears.  
Natsubane 夏羽

Grey Herons, アオサギ Fighting for a good spot

And more flowers appeared.

Soon you will be leaving, Ms Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ

I will miss your cute face.

But then we have Rapeseed, 菜の花 with a bunting on top! Meadow Bunting, ホオジロ

Remember March 1

The migrating birds arrived so sudden this year, I didn't get a chance to update my sightings from March. So here we are, a little late, like mustard after the meal.

Feathers on the coast of Itoshima: Eurasian Wigeon, ヒドリガモ

And Pacific Reef Egret, クロサギ

A pretty Gadwall , オカヨシガモ

In Imazu: Water Pipit, タヒバリ 

Still hanging out there in March: Common Starling, ホシムクドリ

And offcourse the Spoonbills, giving a bit of a show
2 Eurasian Spoonbills, ヘラサギ

becoming a bit cuddly?

A black face decides to interfere 
Black-faced Spoonbill, クロツラヘラサギ

And stays in between.

Showing off some more: Black-faced Spoonbill, クロツラヘラサギ

High up in a tree a Japanese Grosbeak, イカル was singing. Or was it laughing? 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Japanese Thrush, クロツグミ

It's always a struggle to get decent pictures of this bird. The quality is very low. But I was so happy to see this young man that I blogged him up anyway.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ

Oh oh Ohruri,
Oh wat ben je mooi!


Do you like my hat?

Black-headed Bunting, ズグロチャキンチョウ

Nomozaki peninsula, near Nagasaki city juts out at sea towards the south-west, making it an excellent landing spot for migrating birds arriving in spring. To get there we have to drive a few hours, but that's part of the fun. There were 2 unusual visitors hanging out in a neglected vegetable patch and a lot of old birding friends.

 2 males. The one on the left a bit younger than the other bright yellow colored bird. And/or still in winter plumage.





Friday, 10 April 2015

Kibitaki, Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

Yellow yellow
makes me mellow



Who am I?

The male might be bright and colorful, but the female is pretty as well.