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.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Nokonoshima Island, 能古島

The collection of Noko Island photo's is growing, time to publish some. I often take the camera when I walk to the school were I work, but then forget to post the results... 
The summer had been interesting, with small flocks of about 15 Stints roaming the beach. 

Red-necked Stints, トウネン

A single Curlew on the rock wall on the south coast. Probably Far Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ

A group of Long-tailed Tits, エナガ occasionally flew in and out of the bush near the school

The resident Pacific Reef Herons. I wonder if they had a nest somewhere...

End of summer

I still feel sad about the trees that were cut last year, but their stumps are now colorful with fungi

Hornets became a problem. they built nests that had to be destroyed. Too bad. 

One of the many stray cats enjoying the sunshine one early morning in September. Do hornets sting them too? 

October came and Flycatchers gathered. 

female Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ;Grey-streaked Flycatcher, エゾビタキ
others were there but would not pose for me.

On the 14th the first female Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ

The view of the city below is not from Noko Island, but it could have been ;-)

Curlews on a mission バッタの食べ放題!

When 4 Far Eastern Curlews, ホウロクシギ landed in a farm field I waited for them to come closer. They seemed very hungry. Just got in after a long flight maybe. Hoppers were on the menu and the got their fill!

They were too busy to pay much attention to me

October birds 1

The migration of waders coincides with the raptors and one usually gets left out: the raptors. Every year I tell myself to go to the mountains and see them off, but somehow it doesn't happen. I prefer the soft fluffiness of smaller birds I guess. However, the very day I did take that step and went to Kagamiyama there was not much wind and there were no birds to speak of. I was just a little disappointed. And more for my fellow birder then myself. On the way back we took a mountain route and T spotted a Grey-faced Buzzard, サシバ in a tree. よかった!

We stopped briefly at the usual locations and payed our respect to our Long-tailed Shrike, タカサゴモズ who looked pretty good that day

A few days later the weather got bad. It rained days on end and I couldn't go out in the weekend That always makes me kind of restless, so during a short break I went for a short visit. The fields that had been near dry had filled up again and some Black-winged Stilts, セイタカシギ were taking advantage of it.

Common Greenshank, アオアシシギ

Despite the strong wind Siberian Stonechats, ノビタキ were quite active, but the sweeping movement of the grasses made it hard to take photos.

Monday, 2 October 2017


A new month, new sightings

At the usual field a Red-necked Phalarope, アカエリヒレアシシギ had arrived.

A little bit of red still visible on the throat

A Temminck's Stint, オジロトウネン popped out of a bushy corner

At that moment a small flock of  Siberian Stonechats, ノビタキ stopped by.