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, 22 February 2020

Kanatake walk February 2020

A sunny day with little wind and temperatures from 3 -11° At arrival the wet fields were frozen and covered with a thin layer of ice. Frost on the ground made for interesting macro images

Ice, (Kōri)  氷

Frost, (Shimo)  ,

Field Horsetail, (Tsukushi) ツクシ

Henbit Deadnettle, (Hotokenoza) ホトケノザ

Sticky Mouse-ear Chickweed, (Oranda miminagusa) オランダミミナグサ

Splitgill mushroom, (Suehirotake) スエヒロタケ
Apparently harmfull if inhaled and the cause of Lung disease

Japanese Ivy, (Kizuta) キズタ with Artaxa Subflava, (Dokuga)ドクガ

Earth star mushroom, ツチグリ

 Bull-headed Shrike, モズ

Eurasian Kestrel, チョウゲンボウ male

Left: Viola Mandshurica, (Kosumire) コスミレ  Right: Thistle, (Azami) アザミ

Persian Speedwell, (Ooinunofuguri) オオイヌフグリ

Some kind of Bagworm moth, (Minomushi) ミノムシ

Another Bagworm moth, (Minomushi) ミノムシ
The part sticking out tells it's a male

Black-jack, (Kosendangusa) コンセンダングサ

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Raccoon dogs, タヌキ

These scruffy looking Raccoon dogs don't resemble at all those cute fluffy Tanuki's in picture books and on the web. It must be their time to shed hair, all 3 animals that came close looked like this. I hope to see the lot again some time in another season.

Just got the message that they are actually suffering from a skin disease.
How bad - they must be so cold!

Long-tailed Shrike, タカサゴモズ and the rest

I didn't have much luck with the shrike. The first time I saw him he flew nearby and I kind of expected that to happen again.

But I didn't get any good shots that first time, so I went back for a second chance. It didn't come close.

A third time... even further away  :-(

Off to some easier targets: Hooded Cranes, ナベヅル

Dusky Thrush, ツグミ

Common Pheasant, キジ

Northern Lapwing, タゲリ

 And that was Isahaya for now.

Around the water

An early morning walk on the sea wall at Azuma. The full moon still visible at day break

 The first sunrays giving a warm glow to the reeds. The best time of the day! 
About 20 Spoonbills heading to their feeding spot. 
Black-faced, クロツラヘラサギ and/or Eurasian Spoonbills, ヘラサギ

4 Whooper Swans, オオハクチョウ in the distance. 

Common Teal, コガモ

male Smew, ミコアイサ

Found his girl

Eurasian Coot, オオバン

Great Crested Grebe, カンムリカイツブリ

About 20 Snipes in the canal, all Common Snipes, タシギ I guess