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, 25 April 2013

Passing through

Brown-headed Thrush,  アカハラ
Similar to the Pale Thrush, but very reluctant to show itself


 Asian Stubtail,  ヤブサメ
Whose high-pitched voice can only be heard by people with good hearing

Japanese Grosbeak,  イカル
Their eating habits are as gros as their beak, but they sing well

Blue-and-white Flycatcher,  オオルリ
So pretty in the light green foliage of spring

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Narcissus Flycatcher and Japanese Thrush

This week in Minami koen:

Narcissus Flycatcher,  キビタキ

A Japanese Thrush was seen moving around in the darkness of low bushes. Too dark and too fast to take e decent picture. So I dug out last summers files and found this image taken in Nagasaki, that hadn’t been blogged up yet. A good chance now.

Japanese Thrush,  クロツグミ

Also click to see  雲仙 Mt Unzen 2

Friday, 19 April 2013

A different Thrush

Why does this Pale Thrush have eyebrows?
Is it a hybrid or a mutation?
Anybody who can tell me?

Pale Thrush,  シロハラ

今日の勉強    mayu,  eyebrow

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Migrating birds in Minami Koen

Gathering before their departure to the breeding grounds further north:

Japanese Robin,  コマドリ

Black-faced Bunting,  アオジ

Grey Bunting,  クロジし

Brambling,  アトリ Partying in the pool

Male and female

An intruder!

Taking over:  Siskin,  マヒワ

These big bright poppies are flowering in the botanical gardens from March. Though I prefer the more delicate wild flowers I couldn’t resist stopping by for a shot or 2.

Also seen that day:  Varied Tit,  ヤマガラ(residents)

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Welcome to Fukuoka Minami koen:

オオルリ,  Blue-and-white Flycatcher  male

Monday, 8 April 2013

Imazu early April

Summerbirds are slow this year, but this was seen around Imazu lately:

Meadow Bunting on rape,  ホオジロ, 菜の花  

Far Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ

Little Ringed Plover,  コチドリ

Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ

Little Grebe, カイツブリ With its catch of the day

今日の勉強  菜の花  Nanohana,  Rape

Farewell to the winter birds

These photos were taken over the last winter months.
The pretty Red-flanked Bluetail was one of my favorite birds to capture. I went back several times to see it and the assurance that he was there every time oddly put me at ease.

ルリビタキ,  Red-flanked Bluetail

クロジ,  Grey Bunting

シロハラ, Pale Thrush 

Dusky Thrush, ツグミ