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, 23 April 2019

Time for insects

Japanese Owl Moth, イボタガ  Brahmaea japonica

Short Imazu update

I didn't go here for 3 weeks and now that I had the chance the conditions were not very good. High tide on a bright sunny morning - What could I expect?

Cattle Egret, アマサギ have arrived. They will move on to their nesting sites I suppose

50+ Whimbrels, チュウシャクシギ waiting for the water to subsede

Welcome summer bird, Great Reed Warbler, オオヨシキリ

Still around, the half American Wigeon, アメリカヒドリ

Not going anywhere too far I hope, our resident Greenshanks, アオアシシギ finding the right matching color to their legs in the spring algae

At the end of the day:

Bye bye Sakura; a little bit of nothing special.

Sakura is over. A few shots to say farewell

Japanese Great Tit, シジュウカラ

Brown-eared Bulbul, ヒヨドリ

 Black-faced Bunting, アオジ

Meadow Bunting, ホオジロ

I didn't do well with the Stone chats. Very far: Siberian Stonechat, ノビタキ

Very near: Black Kite, トビ

Competition in the field

Baikal White Wagtail, シベリアハクセキレイ

A lifer! Of all the wagtails I had not expected to see this one so clearly. He just landed in front of me when I was looking for thrushes in a park.

White-shouldered Starling, カラムクドリ

Just before the rain started I found this guy in a flock of White-cheeked Starlings. Lucky, he might be gone the next day!

At the pond

Many - more- MOST!

Japanese White-eye, メジロ

Asian Stubtail, ヤブサメ

Japanese Bush Warbler, ウグイス

All 3 birds seem to be males to me, but it's hard to tell!

female Red-flanked Bluetail, ルリビタキ

Red-eared Slider turtle