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.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Little Grebes, カイツブリ - 2 families

For many years I have kept my eyes open for Little Grebes, hoping to get a good view of parents and chicks. I particularly hoped to see Mum or Dad carrying the babies on their back. When this place was recommended I went to check it out right away. There was a nest with 4 chicks and I could see observe them from a safe point, not too far away. These kids were already a couple of weeks old and depended on the parents for food. They swam around, but could not dive yet.

Huddled together, waiting for the delivery service

A family outing 

Cute babies, but they had already outgrown that warm place between Mum's feathers. In another corner of the pond a pair was looking after a nest with 4 eggs. I decided to wait them out.

And I got lucky! 19 Days later:

I went back a few times, but never saw this again. All the feeding was done at the nest.

Wether the presence of this bird had something to do with it I don't know
Young female Peregrine Falcon, ハヤブサ

Other wildlife at the premises:

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Yamakasa 2019

After so many Yamakasa's I thought I'd skip the festival this year. The photos are always the same, even the people seem the same. But that's not right. I went on a practice day to look for something special.

And... I found my special thing, at a special place. But by then the day was over. It will have to wait. Till next year.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Summer birds

The rainy season is not over yet. Fukuoka got some rain, but not nearly as much as central and south Kyushu. While the clouds hover over the southern mountains, we had some good weather for birding. However, where are the birds?

Still many fledgelings around, like this Brown-eared Bulbul, ヒヨドリ...

...and this scruffy looking Blue Rock Thrush, イソヒヨドリ baby.

Moorhen, バン on the way to its nest?

Plenty of Tree Sparrows around, ススメ

In a park nearby, 2 young Kingfishers, カワセミ trying out their wings, observing the water from up high

At the coast, where people come with their fishing gear Crows always look for something to eat.
Large-billed Crow, ハシブトガラス

With a keen eye on the bush below, a young female Peregrine Falcon, ハヤブサ is perched in the rain on the roof of a hospital

We also like to show our natural colors. Rock Pigeon,ドバト

Kingfisher, カワセミ

It was in the afternoon of a warm sunny day. There were 2 young birds. A little sleepy? lazy? None of them attempted any plunges in the pond... :-(