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.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Autumn bird update 2

The weather is good. Cool and sunny Good for a walk around the fields. Autumn colors are making place for winter-grey and -beige. Buntings are flying in small groups, Finches in big flocks. There are still insects, seeds, enough for them to eat. Farmers are working their lands, cutting and burning the weeds, turning up soil, bringing out the goodies

Chestnut-eared Bunting, ホアカ

Raptors frequent the fields for their share. Birds fly and hide, but not all
female Kestrel, チョウゲンボウ

The ditches are popular with wagtails, snipes, winter waders

Just a concrete ditch, but supplying food for 5 different birds. (1 White Wagtail flew up) 
Pushing the f-stop to the limits, trying to get all of them in there. Wasn't too happy with it, so did some stacking to get the right idea (Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Japanese Wagtail, Common Snipe)

below the Common Greenshank, アオアシシギ with his catch of the day

Many ducks have gathered in the river. Picking out the Northern Pintail, オナガガモ but too far for a close-up. I will have to post a 'duck special' some day.

1 single Shelduck, ツクシガモ on the mudflat

I'm sitting in the sun, enjoying the last warm rays of the year. Feeding right in front of me are 20+ Dunlins, ハマシギ  They lost their summer feathers completely. It makes me sad and happy at the same time.

Northern Lapwings, タゲリ suddenly got frightened. What's up there? Another raptor probably. I'm too lazy to get up and look.

Common Sandpiper, イソシギ not too scared of me.

The Thrushes have arrived as well. Just a few still.
Dusky Thrush, ツグミ The first one of the season.

Towards the end of the day the spoonbills like to gather inone of the lakes. 

Black-faced and Eurasian Spoonbills, クロツラヘラサギ,  ヘラサギ side by side. They seem to get along alright, though this place is really preferred by the Eurasians.

Time to go home. And that's when I found the owl... 

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