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, 22 August 2015

From July: Japanese Reed Bunting, コジュリン

These buntings are not very common, but there is one place in the Mt. Aso area where they always come to build their nests. The protected area is full of flowers, some quite rare I heard. it's my favorite in summer, when Fukuoka is just too hot.

Japanese Reed Bunting, コジュリン

One of few birds who can hold its balance with legs on different flower stems

Singing out loud all day long, most active in the morning

The Day Lilies don't open until later in the afternoon...

so I returned to get a prettier picture :-)

Another bird in that area, but very very far: Black-browed Reed Warbler, コヨシキリ

Daylilies:  Hemerocallis citrine var. vespertina,  ユウスゲ

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Mid summer waders

14 August, in the middle of summer activities I took some time off to check the regular fields. The day before I dropped my camera (today - still in shock)

Just 1 juvenile Black-winged Stilt, セイタカシギ

Still so young but on the way south all by himself, without any parents. That's tough!

Looking for food

Can it eat the snail?

Dropping it...

With a Wood Sandpiper as the only company...

More of those in a nearby field. Wood Sandpiper, タカブシギ

 1 bird


3 all together

And a Long-toed Stint, ヒバリヒギ There were 2 of them actually

Another single as far as I could tell: Common Snipe, タシギ

Nice to see you all again. There were also 2 Red-necked Stints, トウネン and several Little Ringed Plovers, コチドリ in the vicinity. A Peregrine Falcon, ハヤブサ flew by.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Obon 2015

I don't like summers.
Not so much because of the heat and the sweat.I always seem to lose something - or someone.
Both our parents died in this season. We carried out the proper Japanese Obon ceremonies for our dear mothers here in Fukuoka. Our long-time favorite furry crew member who sailed with us from New Zealand was run over by a car. That was many years ago - in summer.
This year is a different story. With Jaap's new job coming up I will loose my peaceful, worryless dreams at night. And yesterday, right at Obon (August 15th) I stumbled and dropped my second-loved possession: My Nikon D750 and 300mm 2.8f lens... in a muddy lotus pond! 

On Fu Kyo's last day we said farewell to b&b guests from Australia and Japan, had a wild divorce celebration from 11:00am and a quiet hanabi group in the evening.

Goodbye Sunset Cruising

The last BANG

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

House Martin, イワツバメ

Every year I post photos of nesting Barn Swallows. The babies are so cute and here around the harbor there are so many of them. Most nests are located near doors and hallways, where people are passing by, sometimes all day long. Like at the fish shop, the ferry building and even on the ferry itself. This year the boat was quite popular. Swallows, sparrows and wagtails nested there successfully.
There are plenty chances to take photos without disturbing the young families.

This summer I ran into a number of House Martins running a food transport service towards an old stone bridge over a river that was crowded with kids and adults finding relief from the heat in the cool stream. I took off my shoes, wrapped the camera in plastic and joined them.
From below I could easily spot the receiving end of that food line without getting too close and took the following shots. Cropped down a fair bit however.

Below a White Wagtail, ハクセキレイ on the ferry to Nokonoshima.