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, 6 June 2013

Herons and Egrets 1

A heron colony in neighboring Saga holding many residents. Grey Herons, Night herons and different Egrets all build their nest close together in what reminds me of the old Walled city in Hong Kong. It’s a bustling place with much to see in spring. Young lovers trying to impress each other and building nests. Young families with 3 or 4 chicks of various sizes. Busy parents looking after the nests, quarreling over space, flying in and out with food. And babies constantly crying out for more. Crows hang out nearby, watching the colony for unattended nests. Every now and then a little chick gets taken. It’s painful to watch. Nature can be so cruel. But overall the sense of spring, new life prevails. It gives me a boost of energy.

Grey Heron,  アオサギ

When breeding the bill turns a bright red and the birds ruffle their feathers in display.

An intruder coming too close to a nest. Mum bravely scares him off. She had been waiting for her husband all day long to come in with food for the babies. When we left after 3 hours he still hadn’t shown up…

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