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, 9 August 2020

Autumn Migration

August came. The wet season was hardly over, it kept on raining for so long. It felt like summer hadn't really started yet. No festivals, no fireworks, no summer parties. And no typhoons in July. Besides this Corona pandemic. It's a strange year in many ways. And now the migrating birds have started to come in. I didn't see much of them in spring, so I'm looking forward to the coming weeks.

August 2nd, 1 Golden Plover, ムナグロ

August 8th: 4 birds. A family?

Again Aug 2nd: 1 Red-necked Stint, トウネン

Aug 8th: 3 Long-toed Stints, ヒバリシギ

And 16 Grey-tailed Tattlers, キアシシギ

Between the Little Egrets,  コサギ 2 Great Egrets, ダイサギ and a Grey Heron, アオサギ there is 1 Black-faced Spoonbill, クロツラヘラサギ
I guess the bird had not gone north to breed. Too young?

Still around, the 2 Hooded Cranes, ナベツル

Many young Little Ringed Plovers. コチドリ Where do the adults go?

Common Kingfisher, カワセミ  male

The resident Magpies, カササギ fooling around like noisy teenagers

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Little Grebes again, また カイツブリ

With all this rain I wondered how the last family was doing and I went to see them again.
The nest was still there in the pond. Both parents were very busy looking after 4 little chicks. So cute! 1 Egg remained in the nest. That means what was left of the nest. It was half the original size and looked very shallow.  The 2 adult birds worked hard to keep it in a reasonable condition, adding weeds and leaves, rearranging them where necessary. They seemed to know what they were doing. I watched them and the babies for a few minutes and moved on.

Little heads popping out of Mum's fluffy feathers

Already good swimmers, able to leaf the nest briefly

The last egg, will nr 5 make it to this world?

Not yet 1 week old, cute as hell!

Monday, 27 July 2020

July stuff

Highlights of the month

On the look out
Big beetle
Big beetle
Mamushi pit viper
Not a butterfly but a moth!
What's happening?
Long horned beetle
Stag beetles


Heavy rain, 大雨

Our overnight visit to the mountain in central Kyushu was canceled - again - but we wanted to go for a stroll anyway. To my surprise Fukuoka has nice places in the east. In the 20+ years we've lived here I had never visited this forest.

Fungus on a mushroom... Is that a symbiotic or a parasitic relation?

Scarlet skimmer, ショウジョウトンボ

モノサシトンボ,  Monosashi tombo?

Heavy rain, 大雨

The perfect head of a mushroom reminding me of .... a spiky massage ball and a Japanese wedding headdress

Just a bit of clean mud. The world seems devided between people who think mud is dirty and people who don't. I really would have liked somebody making a mess of himself here. Just for the photo.

He would not.