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, 2 May 2016

The 1st day of May, Meeting of Japanese Wild Bird Society in Imazu, 今津探鳥会 1

The order of sightings is all mixed up. But I will start with the mudflats. There were numerous waders, many too small and too far away for good photography.

4 Black-tailed Godwit, オグロシギ

A highlight for many: Ruddy Turnstone, キョウジョシギ  Not an uncommon bird in Japan, we just don't get them here very often. This was the 1st sighting in 10 years! 
Below between the Herring Gull, セグロカモメand the Whimbrel, チュウシャクシギ

with Whimbrel, チュウシャクシギ

with Common Greenshank, アオアシシギ

with Common Greenshank, アオアシシギ again

Turning stones ... as it should

It sure likes to hang around with other birds

I really wanted to capture a Far Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ, but at home on the PC they all were our Eurasian birds. I'm sure they were there at the mudflats though...

Still lots of Whimbrels, チュウシャクシギ

At one stage somebody picked up this baby turtle. Not our common Japanese, but a 
Chinese Pond Turtle, クサガメ Which means stinky turtle. I tried, it didn't smell bad. 

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