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, 19 January 2013

Kagoshima 1, Visitors from China

Every year in January we drive south to Kagoshima pref. Jaap runs the Nanohana marathon and I come along to cheer the runners and watch the wings. We took the opportunity in nearby Makurasaki and Kasasa to see some uncommon visitors, like the Chinese Grey Shrike. It took some time and many u-turns to find the right field, but once there we didn't have to search.

Chinese Grey Shrike, オオカラモズ


There were many other birds around, I would have loved to stay there a whole day.

A flock of Oriental Greenfinches

We moved on to Makurazaki, where quite a number of photographers were waiting to see a Red Wing, a kind of Thrush that is similar to the Dusky Thrush and Song Thrush and prefers cold climates. 

Redwing, ワキアカツグミ

The Redwing didn't seem much disturbed by all the attention it got from weekend-birders who surrounded it's feeding spot. Other thrushes were not so happy with its presence and a Dusky Thrush was known to fight it. However, we didn't get to see that show. Thanks to the crowd? 

Also in Makurasaki: Pacific Reef Egret,  クロサギ

 Chased by a Black-eared Kite, トビ

Rook, ミヤマカラス

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