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, 29 August 2017

コルリ, Siberian Blue Robin

Yesterday in the park on the hill. There were several birds, 4 or more. Got glimpses of a blue male, but he would not come out of the Rhododendron bush. Below a young female-type

Moving in dark corners, as usual

A little blue is visible on the back

Hurrying off with a caterpillar that wouldn't go down well.

Happy with another bug

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Today's waders,

Birds are on the move. It's coming and going of migrators. This is what I saw today (Aug 27) at the usual fields west of Fukuoka city:

 3 Black-winged Stilts, セイタカシギ
Maybe a family with 1 young bird, though the other 2 seem young as well.

Redshank, アカアシシギ

Getting chased around a bit by the Stilts

below with one of many Wood Sandpipers, タカブシギ

5 Red-necked Stints, トウネン

Golden Plover, ムナグロ A number of these birds flew in, at least 5. But they disappeared soon in the thick grass. Just 1 stayed behind to pose for me.

Long-toed Stint, ヒバリシギ Just 1 bird showed itself briefly.  

Stopping briefly at the river I saw 2 Terek Sandpipers, ソリハシシギ 1 with a bad leg, 足が悪い

Saturday, 19 August 2017

First waders of autumn

Obon is over, the migration of shore birds should start. After a day of rain I drove to the fields to check it out. Sure enough, there they were! I went over the top with my camera, also because the school lessons haven't started yet and I got time. So, way too many photo's but here we go:

Long-toed Stint, ヒバリシギ

Temminck:s Stint,  オジロトウネン

below with Little Ringed Plover and Wood Sandpiper

Red-necked Stint, トウネン in winter plumage, so without the red neck now. 

below with Temminck's Stint and Black-winged Stilt in the back

Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ

A Red-necked Stint at its feet

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, ウズラシギ

Little Ringed Plover コチドリPlenty of those  

Below a Long-toed Stint followed by a Woodsandpiper.

More about this last bird in the next post

Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ squabble

A number of birds had arrived in this field (forgot to count them; maybe 20) mostly young birds with a bit of an attitude. They were not very tolerant and often quarreled. I enjoyed the action of course!
Some great staring contests