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, 16 October 2018

What's happening in West Fukuoka - 2

An early start at the Imazu mud flats. In the first rays of the morning the grey muddy water turns pink, creating a pretty scene with the Greenshanks, アオアシシギ

Roaming in the fields a pretty Siberian Stonechat, ノビタキ suddenly lands right in front of me. But why did she have to sit on that dried-out bit of flowers...? :-)

More Stonechats in the rice fields. This year in spring only a few stopped by and I feared they would give us a miss again, but luckily I was wrong.

I looked for migrating wagtails, but instead of the expected Eastern Yellow Wagtails I found this Amur White wagtail,  ホオジロセキレイ

The season for butterflies is not over yet

Common Buckeye, タテハモドキ

What's happening in West Fukuoka - 1

Back to the birds. While reports of all kinds of exotic birds in various places in Kyushu keep coming in, I keep an eye on our own area in West Fukuoka.
The news about the Long-tailed Shrike is spreading and in the weekends many people gather there. The cheeky bird plays a difficult game with them!

Long-tailed Shrike, タカサゴモズ

Another bird in the same area, often seen together: Eurasian Wryneck, アリスイ

Later, in the very same tree 2 of the 6 local Magpies, カササギ quarreling as usual

A group of Zitting Cysticola, セッカ family had me fooled. They made soft babbling noises that didn't sound like their usual "chin chin chin" or "chat chat chat" at all

Ducks are arriving. Some of the first winter visitors: Common Pochard, ホシハジロ

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Rice 2

More of the same stuff as previous post. Scenery, rice farming, flowers, insects and wonderful people!

Cosmos, コスモス



Left one of many colorful caterpillars that I don't have a name for. Right a Japanese Patanga, ツチイナゴ

Red Spider Lily or Higambana, 彼岸花

                                                      Chinese fever vine, ヘクソカズラ left
and Sweet Autumn Clematis, センンソウ right

Rice 1

The rice is ripe and the fields are that golden color green; the pattern of terraces stand out It's beautiful at Hachimandake. (Saga pref)

Ready to be harvested

The whole family pitches in


Lining the fields and stone walls: Red Spider Lily or Higambana, 彼岸花

The place teems with caterpillars and butterflies, like the Common Glider, コミスジ

East Asian Arrowroot, クズの花

Asiatic Dayflower, ツユクサ、

And yes, there are snakes. But we saw only one