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, 26 November 2016

Common Starling, ホシムクドリ and others

Not so common in Kyushu, though we seem to see them every winter lately.
I like to capture them when the sun is out, I have get back there some day.

with White-cheeked Starling, ムクドリ... 

... eating anything that goes

Just the white cheeks in here

Other birds around: Bull-headed Shrike, モズ

Oriental Turtle Dove, キジバト, insisted on having his picture taken 

Blue Rock Thrush, イソヒヨドリ

Northern Lapwing, タゲリ

We have 2 different kinds of spoonbills, black-faced and white-faced; living side by side
Black-faced Spoonbill, クロツラヘラサギ and Eurasian Spoonbill, ヘラサギ

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Fukuoka 2016

Friday Nov 18th, the morning of the first day. Beautiful sunshine, but no wind…

Debating (or debaiting?) the Oracle? 

View of the first (test) races from the Atagohama side of Muromi river...

...with Hakata Futo in the back

Saturday, 1st Race day. A much better position now at Momochihama. Great racing but again not much wind.

Oracle (USA) and Artemis (Sweden)

3 races per day; all 6 boats lining up for the first start

Artemis from Sweden showing some acrobatics in front of Landrover BAR from the UK.

Now with the Brits, side by side

The French coming into view

A confusingly close encounter of BAR with Japan's Softbank

The rain that was forecasted didn't show up and the day turned sunny. A little more wind would have been nice

The Kiwi's turn to jump

 And then came Super Sunday. Lucky to be on a VIP boat!

 A very different angle now
As the forecast said: Cloudy and very little wind

The Swedish team working very hard. すごいがんばっている Artemis

THE man on the bow. 2 of today's 3 races were won by the Swedes... thanks to him.

British team in action

Swedes again

The favorite of the guests on board. Look how the boat is lifted out of the water!

The French who were not doing so well managed to cross the finish 1st in the last race. Good on them!

The end of the last race and of these series: Landrover BAR crew very excited: "We won!" かった!

Softbank Team, おつかれさまでした 


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Japanese Thrush, クロツグミ male

Also in the park. Not so easy to see, the bird didn't come down much while I was there.
Lots of other thrushes (Pale, Dusky, Eyebrowed) were feeding in the canopy. Those and the bulbuls made it kind of hard to find this single Japanese Thrush