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.

Monday, 28 October 2013

A day in the park, Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

After so much bad weather, rain and strong typhoon winds, there was bound to be something to see at Minami Koen. That park, more or less in the middle of the city gets a lot of temporary visitors in spring and autumn. It's high elevation makes it a welcome stop for birds on their way - south in this season.
Blue-and-white, Asian Brown and Narcissus Flycatchers were spotted. And the wintering Daurian Redstarts were seen again.

Narcissus Flycatcher,  キビタキ

Asian Brown Flycatcher,  コサメビタキ

female Daurian Redstart,  ジョウビタキ   Insisted on having its picture taken

Blue-and-white Flycatcher,  オオルリ Very high in the canopy

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Tomyo lanterns in Kushida Shrine

An autumn festival held in Hakata at several locations. Paper lanterns are displayed in patterns, lining a walkway or creating a picture. Some lantarns look like simple colored paper bags, others are decorated with flowers or shapes or whatever the maker fancied. These photos were taken at the Kushida Shrine.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

First winterbirds

Just arrived with the strong northerly winds of a typhoon in Shikanoshima:

Daurian Redstart,  ジョウビタキ 

2 females and 2 males

Happy to see you again

Earlier this morning in the west:  Spotted Redshank,  ツルシギ

and Siberian Stonechat,  ノビタキ

On the way home: Pacific Reef Egret,  クロサギ

dressed for a Halloween party?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Mid October at the Butagoya

At 7 am, high tide:  2 Temminck’s Stints,  オジロトウネン

below 1 Long-toed Stint,  ヒバリシギ correction Sharp-tailed Sandpiper,  ウズラシギ

several juvenile Lesser Sand Ploversメダイチドリ

5 or 6 Dunlins,  ハマシギ


Far Eastern Curlew,  ホウロクシ There were 4, 1 didn't fit in.

Red-necked Stint,  トウネン

1 single young Little Ringed Plover,  コチドリ

And 1 lonesome Wood Sandpiperタカブシギ  correction Spotted Redshank,  ツルシギ

When I checked later in the morning they had all left...

Monday, 7 October 2013

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus lucionensis, シマアカモズ

Apparently a rare sight in this area.
Seen from far, so very few details in these photos.

A collage seemed a good way to illustrate this uncommon visitor

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus lucionensis, シマアカモズ

Other birds seen that same day in the Imazu, Taremaro area:
Eurasian Curlew,  ダイシャクシギ

Pectoral Sandpiper, アメリカウズラシギ

Black-winged Stilt,  セイタカシギ (never miss a chance to capture those)

And isn't this a Little Stint, ヨーロッパトウネン?  No, it’s a Long-toed Stint,  ヒバリシギ

All on the first Sunday of October.