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, 30 May 2016

Mountain birds

Stealing an hour or 2 before work, I didn't think I would see much. But sometimes you get lucky
Chinese Bamboo Partridge, コジュケイ

Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ

Oriental Greenfinch, カワラヒワ

And the star of the morning: Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ

A week before at another mountain:

The place was full of butterflies. I took just a few

I will add their names later. Gotta go now.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Red-rumped Swallow, コシアカツバメ

After a quiet morning in the woods I was about to get in the car when this bird came to stop on the wire right in front of me.

After a few minutes he or she nose-dived down to a muddy corner of an unused construction site

The bill full of mud - that means a nest is in the making somewhere...

The bird came back to sit in front of me several times. It was calling loud for a while and yes... another one showed up.

It is hard to tell, but the bird on the left seemed to have a slightly shorter tail. Would that be the female then, and the bird on the right her mate?

I waited on the mountain road to see them collecting mud from the car. Not too long, they seemed reluctant to return to the nest. 

Good luck you two!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Spring birds around Fukuoka 3: Thrushes and juveniles

In the city parks the winter thrushes had left, making place for temporary visitors:
Eyebrowed Thrush, マミチャジナイ


After most of the colorful flycatchers had moved on there was just the 
Asian Brown Flycatcher, コサメビタキ

The resident birds were proudly presenting their offspring 
Great Tit, シジュウカラ


trying out some self-caught... leaves

Still not sure about the place... What am I doing here actually?

Next the cutest of all bird babies: Long-tailed Tit, エナガ

So cute! 可愛すぎっている

Spring birds around Fukuoka 2: Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ

I can't help but stop for these elegant Black-winged Stilts, セイタカシギ. Seen at various times of the day. The end of the afternoon, when the sunlight was soft:

A bit of evening red coming in

Early in the morning, beginning of May.

Later that month at midday, the light was too harsh.

 Cattle Egret, アマサギ