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.

Saturday, 2 June 2012


After many days of very few birds we finally got lucky.
On Wednesday the 23rd of May birding friends took me to Kumamoto pref. to see Dollarbirds at a very scenic place called Naidaijin at the Midorigawa river. From a bridge we had a good view of a bird perching on a branch at about eye level. Soon another one showed up. 

ブッポウソウ,  Dollarbirds

The male watching his bride showing a little feather.

He frequently flew off to hunt

Coming back with little goodies (insects?) to please her.

The pair sitting together seemed very close, the way they preened and turned their heads in the same way at the same time.

The old bridge was very wobbly and whenever trucks came across it vibrated so much we grabbed the handrail and our cameras in fear! 
After a break for lunch we drove to the Kikuchi gawa river to see herons catching fish. (blog post will be published later) It was a good birding day.

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