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, 12 January 2012

Trip to Kagoshima 2 ~ Ducks and stuff

After gorging on the cranes we headed south towards Kagoshima, stopping at a pond where I had seen Mandarin Ducks at not too great a distance the year before. What I forgot was the time of the day and the position of the sun. The ducks, preferring the shade of the trees were all across the water, faaaar away.

オシドリ, Mandarin Duck

Later that day we arrived in Ibusuki and while Jaap registered for the Nanohana Marathon I checked out a small park and found this family of pipits.

ビンズイ, Olive-backed Pipit


On the way back to Fukuoka we stopped at Isahaya, where we searched, but didn't find the Black Storks. Following the flight of a Marsh Harrier I nearly missed these 2 bitterns...

サンカノゴイ, Great Bittern

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