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.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Bull-headed Shrike, モズ

While the waxwings are taking a break from their devastating attacks on the berry trees I take the chance to observe other birds in the area.
At first the shrikes. A male and female are actively dating and it looks like the female already has a location for the nest in mind. She calls out loud for food and when her mate shows up she lures him into the shrubs.

Bull-headed Shrike, モズ

Left the female calling and fluttering her wings in display, right the male


They share their territory

He's got something for her.

Thank you!

Immediately asks for more. (Who does she remind you of?)

The waxwings confiscate all the berries on top, they are too scared to lower themselves to humans' eye level, but the thrush is a little braver. 

Pale Thrush, シロハ

And the bulbuls have no problem with that at all.    Brown-eared Bulbul, ヒヨド

Another family in the make.

And look who's watching!  Common Pheasant,

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