Aisatsu

Aisatsu

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, 7 May 2012

Malayan Night Heron ズグロミゾゴイ

The main reason for birders to visit the parks in Taipei is to see the Malayan Night Heron. In all other countries this bird is rarely seen, but here they breed right in the middle of town.
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Looking for worms or something bigger...



Effortlessly swallowing frogs, their throat feathers waggling in digestion.


There are several records of nests in the Botanical Gardens and this time we found one at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial grounds with 3 chicks and 2 busy parents.








During mating season the markings on the face turn blue





Juveniles are grey mottled, but the blue face indicates it's breeding


There are several records of nests in the Botanical Gardens and this time we found one at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial grounds with 3 chicks and 2 busy parents.



On the 12th of April there were just a few bunches of grey down visible from below, but on my last day in Taiwan, when I went to check on them before my returning flight they were very active and getting ready for the future.




















































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