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.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Come'n join the Party!

Japanese White-eyes, Long-tailed Tits and a Varied Tit having a ball in their own public bath.
Can you detect the strict order of 'who's next'?


You better wait or you'll get PICKED on!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Autumn is over...楽しかった!

Long-tailed Tit, エナガ  in the last few maple leaves 

Winter vistors are taking over: Black-faced Bunting, アオジ 

Finale   the last colors...

 Shock!  \(>_<)/

Sunday, 30 November 2014

福岡の秋, Autumn in Fukuoka; Japanese White-eye, メジロ

My 2nd favorite fruit: Japanese persimmon. If I can't be a cat on a cruiser in my next life, I could be a White-eye in Japan.

In case you are wondering: durian is nr 1

Monday, 24 November 2014

福岡の秋, Autumn in Fukuoka; コサメビタキ, Asian Brown Flycatcher

After a short break I returned to birding and found the sites in full autumn colors.
Winter birds had arrived, The Daurian Redstarts, Red-flanked Bluetails, Black-faced Buntings and the common Thrushes.

An Asian Brown Flycatcher was still around, on November 22nd. Isn't it time to move on?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Mandarin Ducks, オシドリ

Every year they spend the winter at these lakes in the mountains just south of the city. They feed on the acorn type nuts and hang around under the dark trees at the waterfront, mostly out of sight. They don't like to come close at all, but the males with their colorful plumage are easy to detect, even from a distance. Getting a nice photo is a different story. I hope to get the chance to see them up close sometime. In the meantime...

From far:

All mens affair. Where are your ladies?

One female joining the crowd

A few more in the back.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Pied Avocet, ソリハシセイタカシギ

An incidental visitor to Japan, and the first time for me to see in Kyushu.
It's a cute bird with its up-turned bill, feeding in shallow water, sweeping that bill from left to right, much like a spoonbill. Despite the distance it was fun to watch. We had to wait for the tide to recede before we could see its legs. Not brightly colored like a stilt, but an elegant bird in its own way.


With some plovers flying over

shake shake


Shichimenso is a kind of sea blite, found on the shores of the Ariake Sea in Kysushu.
In October the plants turn red and purple, creating colorful photo opportunities. However, the Dunlins didn't show up in their typical formation flight, neither were there any other waders that could do the job, so I had to be content with our Avocet.

Trying to get both in the picture

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Grey-streaked Flycatcher, エゾビタキ

Seen on September 27th


Below an Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ 

a Dark-sided Flycatcher, サメビタキ to compare

And some kind of vine with edible looking mini potato type bits of fruit that was dangling in front of my eyes...