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.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

アカアシチョウゲンボウ, female Amur Falcon in Fukuoka

 Lucky to catch this bird on its way south. She was hunting hoppers and caught several in the short time (about 1 hour) I got to watch her. It was only 9:00 in the morning when she left. 

It's a female, as usual. Do we ever get to see a male?

Bean Geese, ヒシクイ 2

 The next day I returned to find the fields empty, the swans had left. I didn't see any geese at first, but after a few minutes they appeared. 5 birds flew in, circled overhead and landed.

Monday, 26 October 2020

Swans and Geese, コハクチョウ, ヒシクイ

Saturday, October 24th. The weather was excellent. Cool, sunny, the breeze full of fresh air. After the rain there should be some migrators and sure there were:

1 Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ

5 Bean Geese, ヒシクイ

Some more Black-faced Spoonbills, クロツラヘラサギ  had come in.

4 Tundra Swans, コハクチョウ

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Shorebirds at Higashiyoka Tideland

 The yearly autumn trip to Saga was late. Too late to see the Western Sandpiper. It was a super high tide and the birds stayed on the concrete side of the fence a long time. There were so many. All i winterplumage. Overwhelmingly grey. Once a year is not enough to build my confidence

キリアイ, Broad-billed Sandpiper

トウネン, Red-necked Stint

 Red Knots, コオバシギ and Dunlins, ハマシギ

On the right 2 Marsh Sandpipers, コアオアシシギ

オオハシシギ, Long-billed Dowitcher

On the fence, birds one by one from the left:
ダイシャクシギ, Eurasian Curlew
ホオロクシギ, Far Eastern Curlew
ダイゼン, Grey Plover
ツルシギ, Spotted Redshank

ツルシギ, Spotted Redshank bullied by ダイゼン, Grey Plovers

ツルシギ, Spotted Redshank between 2 Knots (Great? Red?) and ダイゼン, Grey Plover

オオソリハシシギ, Bar-tailed Godwit, オバシギ?, Great Knot?, ダイセン, Grey Plover

アカアシシギ, Common Redshank

1 single ミヤコドリ, Eurasian Oystercatcher came flying by

Lesser Sand Plover, メダイチドリ

Greater White-fronted Goose, マガン  Just 1


Flight scene of mostly Dunlin, ハマシギ

backlit (for H san)

When the tide ran out again birds returned to their feeding ground
The シチメンソウ, Suaeda Japonica, finally creating a colorful scene

Black-faced Spoonbils, クロツラヘラサギ