Aisatsu

Aisatsu

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.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Brown Hawk Owl, アオバズク

6Birds in the tree, 2 parents and their 4 chicks. The babies had just left the nest and were too excited to sleep. Ever so entertaining!










なんの話?What are they talking about?










Sunday, 16 July 2017

small stuff

Had a lot of fun with this


Juveniles - ugly and cute 1

The squeaking of  Mallard ducklings, マガモ woke me up one morning.
Resident ducks of the river Mom decided to take them out and explore the harbour that day. 









 Mom quacking instructions from the pontoon




Juveniles - ugly and cute 2

These Thrushes had a successful summer this year. The chicks are mostly taking care of themselves.
They look so scruffy, worth a shot




  



   

   




Saturday, 15 July 2017

Barn Swallows, ツバメ

July, birds have been nesting at the usual site for about 3 months now. The nests always seemed to be occupied and there was a constant stream of parents flying in and out. The first newborns had barely left when others hatched again.  





This mom or dad seemst to be feeding life insects. They literally crawl out the chicks beak.



Are these flies meant to be eaten, or did they fly by to get their share?
気持ちが悪い, Disconcerting





Flying class... somebody will have to wash the deck soon :-) 




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Greater Painted-snipe, タマシギ

The rice plants are still small, I could see the birds feeding in the paddy fields. Still, they are experts in hiding!


















I'd love to see their chicks one day, but in July the rice plants are too tall for a clear view.

Other birds in the vicinity were the Grey-headed Lapwings, ケリ with their babies


おおきくなった!



2 parents and their 3 babies

Below a couple of  Ruddy-brested Crakes, ヒクイナ in the far distance 





Brown Hawk Owl, アオバズク

Looking in the tall Camphor trees I found 2 of several owls breeding in North Kyushu. Watching the nest, waiting for the chicks to hatch. Pretty soon the parents will be busy feeding them and maybe we get a chance to see them!




Good Luck!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Looking for Pitta

I went to the mountains 3 times in search of the Pitta. The first time I didn't hear anything, I arrived a bit late I guess. The 2nd time was better. I heard the call. In fact, I heard 3 birds.First 1, far away, and later at another location 2, real close! One was only about 20m away from me, calling very loud. Another one answered from also not too far and...  I DIDN'T SEE ANY OF THEM!
These birds are notorious for being secretive and shy. I had heard similar stories. But I felt stupid. And frustrated. All I got was a glimpse of movement.
However, it means that they are there, and probably breeding too. That is great!

Birds I did see included a Common Pheasant, キジ



A number of babies, like this Varied Tit, ヤマガラ









A curious Meadow Bunting, ホオジロ



Lesser Cuckoo, ホトトギス



And one interesting encounter with a  Cuckoo, カッコウ


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