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.

Saturday, 3 February 2018


A couple of weeks ago during a work related weekend visit to Saga we stopped at the shore of Ariaki Sea near Kashima for a few hours

Peregrine Falcon, ハヤブサ  scanning the fields behind the sea wall


View from the seawall at low tide

Saunders's Gulls, ズグロカモメ Vulnerable
There were about 25 birds circling the mudflats, with about 10 juveniles staying mostly close to shore

At this tide most ducks were far out, more or less beyond my view
However, a few Shelducks, ツクシガモ  stopped by for a feed

At the far: corner 1 lonesome Far Eastern Curlew, ホウロクシギ

Back to the fields: Eurasian Kestrel, チョウゲンボウ

Some lucky catches for a Great Crested Grebe, カンムリカイツブリ


and Great Cormorant, カワウ

Towards the mountains: Buzzard, ノスリ

And then the rain started...  Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ  female

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