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!.

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Cackling Goose, シジュウカラガン

On the way back to Fukuoka from Ube we stopped at Sanyo Onoda to see the Cackling Goose, シジュウカラガン. From the parking lot where we parked the bus, I walked to the area with the ponds. There were many ducks, but no geese. No photographers either, so I suspected my target bird had left. However, just before heading back to the car I met a lonesome birder, who could tell me that it had been seen the day before and had probably moved to another area of reclaimed land. I took my chances. Crossed the river and walked, walked, walked until... BINGO

11.2 km later, there was our Canadian guest, the Cackling Goose, シジュウカラガン. In company of 3 Greater White-fronted Geese, マガン


Visit to Ube, 宇部市

 We went to Ube in Yamaguchi pref. for work, because the mostly industrial town wants to attract more tourists. We found the big Tokiwa Park a good place to visit. There is a big collection of sculptures, a small zoo, a botanical garden and a museum. Prices are very reasonable; toilets are clean and the many water fountains all have a soap pump attached. 

We started off on a misty morning 

Below some of the sculptures that appealed to me

Sunrise on the following day

We also visited the studio of an ink stone carver. Tourists can take a calligraphy lesson here, which we did as well. Having completely no skills in Japanese writing I was a bit concerned, but it turned out ok.

Finally, a few birds that were in the lake. I sneaked out a moment to capture some of the 6 Smews, ミコアイサ

...the Black-necked Grebes, ハジロカイツブリ

... and the Black-headed Gulls, ユリカモメ

Monday, 23 January 2023

Kanatake January 2023

 Despite the rain 11 people turned up at the meeting point. The forecast said it would stop raining halfway the morning, but that never happened. Ah well. My plan didn't work, So I walked twice.  First with notebook, bino's and umbrella. Next with the camera, plastic bags and towels. That 2nd round was supposed to be fast and dry, but was just as wet! 

Wintersweet or Japanese Allspice, ロウバイ,

It was the day of Turtle Doves. After counting 20+ birds perched in a tree I saw them feeding on the grass and they seemed to be everywhere.
Oriental Turtle Dove, キジバト

Sorry for disturbing your argument: Dusky Thrush, ツグミ  and Pale Thrush, シロハラ

The proud winner: Pale Thrush, シロハラ

In the stream were around 8 Black-faced Buntings, アオジ

1 Of several Bull-headed Shrikes, モズ

The rain stopped briefly and out came lady Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ

Frog spawn, カエルの卵

Last months dried frog was still there and Mr. M found another one
Impaled frog, はやにえのカエル 

Few flowers, but this one was my favorite: Fatsia japonica、ヤツデ

Another left-over from last month: Caterpillar of Small Copper, ベニシジミの幼虫

What's this ugly looking mass on a bamboo stump? Fungus???

It kept on raining and raining. Lots of chances to capture waterdrops, but I was getting wet and cold

Find the spider, クモ