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.

Friday, 29 April 2016

In the park

Many birds were there this morning. Not always easy to photograph. Some not captured at all!
The migrating birds seemed reluctant to come forward. I wonder if that had anything to do with the recent earthquakes. Probably.

Barely visible, but he was there!  Japanese Paradise Flycatcher, サンコウチョウ

Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ the male 

and female

Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリmale 

 and female

Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ

Once more, Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

Great Reed Warbler, オオヨシキリ and some of his neighbors

Great Reed Warbler, オオヨシキリ doing a great job at singing his heart out 

Just around the corner: Water Rail, クイナ

Towards the river:  Dunlin, ハマシギ With summer-black breast feathers


Talking about breeding colors! Grey Heron, アオサギ

Another colorful sight: Common Snipe, タシギ

Further west, still around: Black-winged Stilts, セイタカシギ

As well as Greater Painted-snipe, タマシギ

Is she going to stay? Does she have a mate?

Imazu area in the 3rd week of April

Some late afternoon shots, under soft light conditions. The best time.

Common Greenshank, アオアシシギ

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, ウズラシギ

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, ウズラシギand Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ

nice to be able to compare

The Wood Sandpiper felt lonely I guess. There weren't many of his buddies around. Next I saw him in company of Common Snipe, タシギ

Way at the back a Long-toed Stint, ヒバリシギ The only one I have seen so far. 

At last the Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ found his mates

Mid-April on Noko Island

Generally on the way to work, when I can take an early ferry.

First Blue-and-white Flycatcher, オオルリ  Not a very good image, but it was the first of the season, on the 14th. 

The next day the lady was there as well.

Next a surprise at a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, コゲラ nest

The chick flew and left the nest when a Long-tailed Tit stole the food that a parent was bringing to the nest. The parent left in search for more and the chick followed the Tit...

Eastern Crowned Warbler, センダイムシクイ Only identifiable by its song 

Black-faced Bunting, アオジ 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Buntings: コホオアカ, ホオアカ, シベリアアオジ, アオジ

Little Bunting, コホオアカ

Chestnut-eared Bunting,  ホオアカ

 Black-faced Bunting, subspec spodocephala,   シベリアアオジ 

female spodocephala

Black-faced Bunting subsp personata