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, 14 November 2017

Oriental Stork, コウノトリ

What a surprise! 2 female birds, still very young, both with rings and one bird with an antenna on its back. They must be closely watched by the people of the Oriental Stork center in Hyogo pref.
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  Looking for small fish at low tide

Is she trying to eat this fish? It looks like a Fugu (Pufferfish)

I could not see what happened, but it looked like the fish was not swallowed.

Moving to the fields in the afternoon

Side by side. Can they find enough to eat?

Sunday, November 5th

It was a beautiful day in Imazu. Neither cold nor hot. But too bright and sunny for birds I thought. However...

A farmer was ploughing the field and some trees had edible 'berries'
so the Common Magpies, カササギ were very happy

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, ゴイサギ flew over 

Who is that running towards me? Japanese Weasel, ニホンイタチ!

The Black-Kites,トビ payed more attention to each other than to me. 

Is that love? It looks lovely...

Now that we have one, sorry, two! foreign visitors I'd better take many photos. For the record
Long-tailed Shrike, タカサゴモズ again.


The same bird kept on coming back to catch insects and pose for us.

Common in our area, and we sure see many in Imazu, Bull-headed Shrike, モズ female

Pretty things in autumn. I wonder what these are... something you see in flower arrangements...

It was a lovely day with lots of activity.

Isahaya 2

I didn't feel like driving back yet so I camped out and woke up to the setting of a full moon.

In Isahaya many birders and photographers look for the raptors. There were Kestrels and Harriers, mostly far away, I didn't take the camera out.
Except for this young female Hen harrier, ハイロチュウヒ (2nd winter, I was told)

And for this Osprey, ミサゴ sitting in a field for quite some time. That seemed a bit odd.

I like the smaller birds and found a number of Siberian Stonechats, ノビタキ still there, dressed in their winter clothes. 

A flock of about 10 Common Starlings, ホシムクドリ sitting on the wires. 

Northern Lapwings, タゲリ gleaming in the sun

The usual winter birds. I want to go back to see some more.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Isahaya 1

The news about a Vulture in Isahaya reached me too late... too bad. But there is always something to see.

Black Stork, ナベコ, just 1 bird this year

1 single Greater White-fronted Goose, マガン among the crows, mostly Rooks, ミヤマガラス.
Where were the Jackdaws? Not here...

Of course there were lots of Water Pipits, タヒバリ. I looked for some red breasts, but didn't see any

Hooded cranes ナベズル were flying at the end of the day.