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.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Herons and egrets

After a visit to the heron colony I always come home with lots of photos. There is so much too see! Still, I seldom find what I'm looking for.

Grey Heron, アオサギ
The chicks in this nest are already quite big, nearly as tall as the adults. They are constantly vying for their part of the meal. 

Passing on the food that Mum and Dad keep in their throats seems a complicated, rather awkward process. Hard work for the parents.

Great Egret, ダイサギ

Baby herons are hardly cute, but these little egrets are. The parents looking after them too. It's a happy family scene.

See the little one with the fish? Must be his first one!

At another nest the chicks are a bit bigger. Mum is working hard to keep them happy. I didn't see the father at all...

Black-crowned Night Heron, ゴイサギ

Pretty bird in his breeding colors: Bright red feet and matching eyes. Surely found himself a nice lady. 

Gathering nesting materials 

Below a young bird trying out its wings.

He (or she) looks scared

Cattle Egret, アマサギ

A handsome pair

The pair below had to defend their place fiercely against a Great Egret, who kept on trying to chase them off. 

Little Egret, コサギ
There were a number of them nesting together.Their feet turned red as well.

Intermediate Egret, チュウサギ

They have the prettiest feather dress in display,

Below the trees at the shoreline. Several birds came down to look for food and branches.

They were not always very polite towards the resident turtles


Last a few shots of wings and feathers and that impressive summer plumage

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ural Owls, フクロ

Japanese shrines are often surrounded by big trees. These trees are some of the few that survived the 2nd World War, when all other trees were filled to supply the necessary wood. Now these trees are a home to birds, a place where they can build nests safely. Like this pair of owls. The parents have their favourite pozzies up high and spend the days sleeping with one eye open. Their nest is in a hole in the tree nearby.

The 2 owlets left the nest 1 day after the other. The last one was still not used to his wings and sat on the ground for a long time. It moved to a low rooftop the following day and that's where I found him

The elder sibling was already high up in the canopy, hiding between the branches.

 So adorable, these balls of fluffy feathers. I hope they will grow up to be strong enough to live in this ever changing world of us.

Mt Kuju area in May

Morning sunlight in the mountains. The start of a beautiful day

Bull-headed Shrike, モズ

Singing out loud from the top of a tree, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ

Small birds seemed everywhere. Coal Tit, ヒガラ

 Willow Tit, コガラ

Eurasian Nuthatch, ゴジュウカラ

Japanese Great Tit, シジュウカラ

Varied Tit, ヤマガラ

Long-tailed Tit,  エナガ To make the Tit collection complete

Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ

Eurasian Jay, カケス 

Flowers on the way included Yukinoshita, ユキノシタ

 Solomon's Seal, ナルコユリ

Japanese Snowbell, エゴノキ

Butterflies: Bluebottle, アオスジアゲハ

Fritillary, クモガタヒョウモン