This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory. Readers who have my site translated automatically, please refer to the original if necessary. Especially when it comes to identification. Any comments, anonymous or by email name are always welcome!.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Daijugarami mid May

On May 15 high tide was around 9 in the morning. Many waders were gathered along the waterline, feeding, walking or sleeping. Every now and then the whole lot broke into flight and didn't come back for quite a while. Are birds during spring migration more nervous than in fall?

Nordmann's Greenshank, カラフトアオアシシギ . The leader of the 3

on the right

on the left

Ruff, エリマキシギ in summer plumage

Looking rather colorful among the Greenshanks


Common Redshank, アカアシシギ

Between the Grey Plovers and the Bar-tailed Godwits a small bird: Red Knot, コオバシギ

2 Red Knots, コオバシギ 1 in winter and 1 in summer feathers

Another, slightly bigger Knot: The Great Knot, オバシギ on the right

The Nordmann's Greenshank again...  カラフトアオアシシギ

... with a crab

Red-necked Stint, トウネン looking forelorn behind the Dunlins

A few more here

Flying again

Greater Sand Plover, オオメダイチドリ

Monday, 16 May 2022

Imazu 2: After the rain

The Stilts and Stints in the 2 ponds had left. The mudflat looked empty, but Tattlers, Dunlins, Herons and Egrets were there, as well as 5 Spoonbills, 3 young Black-faced and 2 Eurasians. And some 70+ Whimbrels

Little Egret, コサギ

A Grey Heron, アオサギ with a problem

Black-faced Spoonbills, クロツラヘラサギ (3 on the left) and Eurasian Spoonbills, ヘラサギ  (2 on the right) I hope I got this right.

Moorhens, バン Are you building a nest?

Whimbrels, チュウシャクシギ at the end of the day

Time to bring out the macro lens

In the meantime in Imazu 1: Before the rain

After the holidays I took a break - too many things to do - and didn't go to the fields for a few days. Below the images of the first half of May.

Red-necked Stints, トウネン 3 out of 5

2 Black-winged Stilts, セイタカシギ out of 7

1 of 10+ Grey-tailed Tattlers, キアシシギ

A small flock of 10 or 20 Dunlins, ハマシギ is still around

In the distance 1 Redshank, アカシシギ

Great Crested Grebe, カンムリカイツブリ A bit late?

The Magpies, カササギ had produced. I expect some ill-mannered kids around soon!

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Herons, Egrets and a Starling

Last post of my Golden Week collection. It was a real pleasure!

Looking like an old man patroling the edge of the field: Chinese Pond Heron, アカガシラサギ

I heard it calling when a Black Kite came too close and found it hidden in the thickest part of a tree:
Striated Heron, ササゴイ

5 Of them kept us company from May 1st to 4th. Good luck Cattle Egret, アマサギ

Last a small Starling, Chestnut-cheeked Starling, コムクドリ
Just one bird and it stayed up high

Pipits and Wagtails, and a bonus badger

I looked for migrating wagtails and pipits, but despite the stories of Richard's Pipit, Blyth's Pipit, Yellow Wagtails and more I could not find them. The Olive-backed Pipit appeared a few times. I was glad, because I had not seen any last winter.

Olive-backed Pipit, ビンズイ

Suddenly this Wagtail landed in front of me. And was gone again in a few seconds.
Amur White Wagtail, ホオジロハクセキレイ (Motacilla alba lugens)

 female or non-breeding Grey Wagtail, キセキレイ

Good morning! A big fat and healthy looking Badger! Enjoying all the fruit in this part of Kyushu.
Didn't you notice me? Japanese badger, アナグマ

Badger or Tanuki Raccoon?

Showing a foot. Yes, it's a Badger