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, 18 August 2014

What's new?

Now that Obon (Japanese religious festival, a bit like our X-mas) is behind us and all that TV business over and done with the days seem empty. Today's sailing schedule was postponed... again... So much rain, no interesting birds... 

Fortunately a Kingfisher came to rest on a mooring line not far from Alishan. Probably disturbed at his usual hang-out by the Tamori-cup boating parade. He made me feel good.

2 Common Sandpipers were there as well.

A short stop at Imazu revealed small number of waders:  Long-toed Stint, ヒバリシギ

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, ウズラシギ

When this beautiful morning sky drew me to the seaside park...

...I noticed something odd:

An albino Tree Sparrow? That's what it seems. スズメ (passer montanus)

Too conspicious!

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