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.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Dunlins and Sanderlings

These birds can often be seen in the harbor from September through the winter till May. At low tide they fly in and land on the ramp in front of the boat yard, where they find food in the green seaweed and algae. They often move uniformly, as a group of soldiers, especially in flight. On the ramp they eat and bathe, which worries me because the place is terribly polluted with boat building chemicals like resin and paint. 

Dunlin, ハマシギ   and    Sanderling, ミユビシギ

The Sanderlings can be hard to distinguish from the Dunlins, but in spring the dunlins get a black coloring on their breast, while the Sanderlings stay white. On the 3 images below the bird in front is a Sanderling.

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