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.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Varied Tit, ヤマガラ

Early autumn many trees are fruiting. Birds gather to eat the fruit, nuts and/or seed. Varied Tits love the seeds of the Japanese Snowbell tree, エゴノキ

Red-rumped Swallows, コシアカツバメ. Around 60 birds flew over the fields after a typhoon. I could not see where they went to rest

In the pond nearby a couple of Little Grebes, カイツブリ just had their 5 chicks. A little late, but now that they survived this typhoon they might make it to winter

Japanese Snowbell tree, エゴノキ, flowering in May 


Oriental Honey Buzzard, ハチクマ

At the observation deck at Katae we counted 175 during the morning. I heard the day before there were over a thousand! 1 bird perched in a tree above us for a few minutes

Some birds came quite close, but a 300mm lens cannot capture the details




Somehow I've never been good with raptors

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Higambana, 彼岸花

Mooi rood is niet lelijk.
A Dutch expression about the beauty of the color red

6:13 am

Other flowers included Water Pepper, (Mizosoba) ミゾソバ

Asian Lobelia(Mizokakushi) ミゾカクシ - A fundamental herb in Chinese medicine

Marsh Dewflower, (Ibokusa) イボクサ

Toad Lily, (Hototogisu)  ホトトギス

Tsurifuneso, ツリフネソウ

Diana Treebrown, (Kurohikage) クロヒカゲ

Japanese mural relief.  Some old houses in the country still have these decorations.

Waders in September

One afternoon in the middle of the month...

2 Spotted Redshanks, ツルシギ

Marsh Sandpiper, コアオアシシギ

Common Greenshank, アオアシシギ


female Ruff, エリマキシギ

Juvenile Whimbrel, チュウシャクシギ

Far Eastern Curlew, ホオロクシギ