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, 30 November 2014

福岡の秋, Autumn in Fukuoka; Japanese White-eye, メジロ

My 2nd favorite fruit: Japanese persimmon. If I can't be a cat on a cruiser in my next life, I could be a White-eye in Japan.

In case you are wondering: durian is nr 1

Monday, 24 November 2014

福岡の秋, Autumn in Fukuoka; コサメビタキ, Asian Brown Flycatcher

After a short break I returned to birding and found the sites in full autumn colors.
Winter birds had arrived, The Daurian Redstarts, Red-flanked Bluetails, Black-faced Buntings and the common Thrushes.

An Asian Brown Flycatcher was still around, on November 22nd. Isn't it time to move on?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Mandarin Ducks, オシドリ

Every year they spend the winter at these lakes in the mountains just south of the city. They feed on the acorn type nuts and hang around under the dark trees at the waterfront, mostly out of sight. They don't like to come close at all, but the males with their colorful plumage are easy to detect, even from a distance. Getting a nice photo is a different story. I hope to get the chance to see them up close sometime. In the meantime...

From far:

All mens affair. Where are your ladies?

One female joining the crowd

A few more in the back.