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, 9 May 2016


Arriving 90 min before high tide on a spring tide I expected lots of waders close to the shore. But to my surprise there were none. NONE. In the distance I saw some white egrets and lots of Shelducks far off. Apparantly the city had organized an event that included a big hot air balloon. The moment the balloon rose all flew up and left... In the distance about 100 Shelducks, ツクシガモ

2 Hours later with the balloon gone small flocks appeared in the sky and some Grey Plovers returned, quickly followed by Dunlins. Little by little the place started filling up with grey. After a while some red-brownish feathers showed up as well:

Grey Plover, ダイセン; Dunlin, ハマシギ and one single Black-tailed Godwit, オグロシギ

Another Godwit, this time Bar-tailed Godwit, オオソリハシシギ in front

Between the Dunlins one different colored bird: Curlew Sandpiper, サルハマシギ

The crowd was very restless and soon took to their wings again. Here with Bar-tailed Godwit, オオソリハシシギ

Both Godwits, 4 Bar-tailed with their dipping bills and 2 Black-tailed with straight bills leaving while the tide was drawing out again.

Far Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ following suit

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