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, 1 May 2016

Uzura special; Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, ウズラシギ

I like the Japanese name Uzura shigi for Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. And this post is all about one.
These birds fly thousands of miles. All the way from New Zealand / Australia to the Arctic Tundras.
We see them often in north Kyushu in spring, when they stop by for a feed and a rest.



Great bird!
In the distance, some of her or his mates

Imazu in spring

Took some time off from the daily chores on a grey cloudy day to see what was happening in the fields. A Chinese Penduline Tit, ツリスガラ called out from the reeds. Looks like a female.

Among various small waders a large flock of over 50 migrating Whimbrels, チュウシャクシギ had arrived in the river.

waiting for the tide to withdraw. They must be hungry!

Another temporary visitor: Bar-tailed Godwit, オオゾリハシシギ 

A resident: Little grebe, カイツブリ in summer plumage. Where will you build your nest?

It is such a grey day. Need something to lift the mood:

Going overboard with the poppies... again.

Whatever the weather, there is always some color around

Spoonbill special

This set of photos was taken in the 3rd week of April. I was surprised there were still Spoonbills around that hadn't migrated yet. They showed breeding colors and plumage, so I presumed they would leave eventually, probably soon. I took the chance since we don't see them in summer dress usually.

Black-faced Spoonbill, クロツラヘラサギ

Rusty coloring on the neckline / upper breast and prominent nape plumes are signs of breeding.

Not all birds migrate to the breeding grounds. For juveniles the trip is too hard.
Here some Eurasian Spoonbill, ヘラサギ in the foreground look quite young

仲よし,  good friends