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, 9 June 2018

Dollarbirds, ブッポウソウ

Very far, my 300mm lens with 2.0 tc can barely make it.
The couple is getting ready.

A bit of display by the male.

Off to get her a present.

And then the act

They visited the nest a few times. I hope to see the chicks next time.

Other birds and some flowers

Comes spring /early summer at least 1 visit to Oita's Mt. Kuju area is due
This time we left mid-morning and stopped at the Water Lily park first. The place looks horrendously run down, but that makes it kind of nice in a "nature is taking over" way.

Japanese Iris, 菖蒲

Nuphar japonicum, コウホネ

Some Waterlily, not native I think

From there to Choojabaru to check out the field birds. My favorite: Chestnut-eared Bunting, ホオアカ

Still in the process of building nests.

There were many other birds, mostly heard rather than seen, like sekka, kakko, segurokakko, Woodpeckers, Scaly Thrush, Kibitaki, Japanese Thrush and many Tits

White-backed Woodpecker, オオアカゲラ

Lots of hikers were climbing the mountain to see the Rhododendron Kiusianum, ミヤマキリシマ
Below a different kind - there are so many!

Heard from miles away: White-bellied Green Pigeon, アオバト

As always a Grey Wagtail, キセキレイ was flying around the hot spring

Handsome male

The lady was there as well

Japanese Grosbeak, イカル providing some pleasant BGM

Of course the cheeky Eurasian Jay, カケス would not pose

Switching to macro: Sedum subtile, ヒメレンゲ

Wakaranai. Maybe a garden plant?

Last: just a bit of scenery along the way

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Wren, ミソサザエ etc

Prime time in the woods. I could spend a week, a month here!
I started walking with my macro lens attached and got a instant welcome from this Wren. Not a bad picture for a mere 105 mm!

Later I went back with some bigger caliber, 300 mm + 2.0 tc
Eurasian Winter Wren, ミソサザエ

At another location an adult bird was guarding 3 chicks

Male Narcissus flycatcher, キビタキ  demanding attention from anyone it seems
I slept that night with the kibi cry in my ears

As every year I plan to look up the flowers' names....

This one below I call Chrystal Blue, as it is called in Taiwan where I saw it first.