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.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Spring birds around Fukuoka 1

Over the last 2 months I regularly stopped by that place near the pig farm to check out any new comers. These Common Shelduck, ツクシガモ were often there when the mudflats were submerged. About 6 of them.

This year not so many migrating waders stopped by, but the Long-toed Stint, ヒバリシギ
was one of them.

And so was the Red-necked Stint, トウネン

 Here in company of a Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ

The most exciting day was when a Ruff, エリマキシギ flew in. The male was molting and showed a fair amount of summer feathers, but not much of the crop feather that we all would like to see one time. Before that he'd left for the northern breeding grounds.

Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ seemed to be his constant companion

 Much earlier in spring a Kentish Plover, シロチドリwas spotted. 

Difficult to spot in the grey environment. I would probably have missed if it wasn't for T.

Not an unusual sight, but a favorite for the camera:
Oriental Greenfinch, カワラヒワ perched on ハマダイコン (Raphanus sativus) flowers.

Last a Eurasian Skylark, ヒバリ

who insisted in having a photo taken, while collecting nesting materials in front of my lens. 

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