Aisatsu

Aisatsu

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, 27 June 2013

The Greater Painted Snipes

Sometimes I go to this place in the east where farmers prefer natural products and practice some kind of organic farming. The birds there are different. There is for example the Greater Painted Snipe. Great indeed. Spectacularly painted. Not rare, but not a bird that crosses your path regularly. They breed here. So I go there and though I know where they are I don’t always see them. But sometimes you get lucky. Like this early morning in June.


Greater Painted Snipe,  タマシギ


Just woken up, a pair is leaving the thick bush for a meal in the rice paddy.


 

The timing is right: the rice plants are just the right size. Too small would make the birds feel too exposed to venture out. A week later the tall plants will be covering everything up.




A crake intends to do the same thing, hence a little confrontation. The crake leaves the field.






The female in front found a nice big snail. Looks like she eats the whole thing.





The birds stay close together; do I see a little display here?


He takes his chance


She bows her appreciation.




And on we go, happy as a box of.... yes, birds.




Below another pair in an adjacent paddy field. But no time to watch these two. We have to move on. 



Other birds in that area but on another day:

Little Ringed Plover,  コチドリ



Grey-headed Lapwing,  ケリ









and again the Ruddy-breasted Crake,  ヒクイナ 



PS: Not much time for Japanese kanji these days. Too busy.

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