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.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Eurasian Wryneck, アリスイ

What a surprise. First time for me to see it in Japan. My memory of a previous sighting is so blurry... I call this a lifer! Jynx torquilla

These unusual birds are able to turn their snake-like head nearly 180 degrees, hence their English name.

When threatened they twist their head, making hissing sounds, like a witch putting a spell on someone in the old days. This gave them the name jynx.

They use their long tongue to find ants and other insects.

Visiting a Sakura tree... but it has no flowers...

On the same day: Sakura in full bloom and a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, コゲラ busy making a nest.

 Out at sea: Pelagic Cormorants, ヒメウ


Black-throated Loon (Diver), オオハム   far out

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