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, 22 April 2014

Migrating birds in Fukuoka 4

Another colorful treat in April:

male Narcissus Flycatcher,  キビタキ

A wild flower of the Gentian family, フデリンドウ (Gentiana zollingeri)

Migrating birds in Fukuoka 3

Shuffling among the dead leaves, a female Japanese Thrush,  クロツグミ

Sendaimushikui, hard to identify from below, but the call is a sure give away: It sounds like Jaap's bicycle.
Eastern Crowned warbler  センダイムシクイ

The following birds have been here all winter and are getting ready to move north: 
Red-flanked Bluetail,  ルリビタキ

Another winterbird, gathering with his mates before the big jump
Pale Thrush,  シロハラ

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Migrating birds in Fukuoka 2

The highlight of the season is when the Japanese Robins arrive. They hide in the darkest bushes, like Rhododendrons and hedges and occasionally come out for just a few seconds to pick at some insect. Every now and then there is one that isn't shy and comes out right in front of you as if saying: didn't you bring my food for the day?

Japanese Robin,  コマドリ

The first male, oddly at a very bright place.

Number 2 in the early morning


An intruder, Mr or Mrs Yabusame, also on the way in and out.
Asian Stubtail Warbler,   ヤブサメ 

The male robin again, being curious

And nr 3, a female this time.

Nr 4?

There must have been 5 or 6 birds in the vicinity, we could hear their songs coming from several directions. If I'd had all the time of the day I might have found them all...

Japanese Wild Iris,   シャガ  (Iris japonica)

Migrating birds in Fukuoka 1

The following x posts are a accumulation of one whole week long in April, from the day when the first migrating birds arrived. Most birds can only be seen this time of the year and most bird-lovers spend all their available time outdoors.
Blue-and-white Flycatcher,  オオル

While waiting for "things to happen" I entertain myself with the common birds, like these starlings.
White-cheeked Starling,  ムクドリ 

Friday, 18 April 2014

The battle of Pheasants, キジ

Once upon a time there was a young male pheasant in a field of weeds, who called out in spring to find a girl....

A big adult male, who happened to stroll by, could not let that happen. He turned on his heels and headed for the green field. Where are you?

He pushed out his breast and went in search.

Who do you think you are???

This shadow boxing lasted several minutes. It stopped suddenly and the young male tried to run.

But the big boy went after him and he gave him no respite.

They ran and ran the same course around and around, as in an athletic race, right in front of us.

After some 10 rounds they took a left and disappeared. I found them some time later in the forest, where they were still at it. The bigger bird was now tearing out the other's feathers.

Somebody yelled "Stop it!" and then that's what they did. The boss strode off, deeper into the forest and left the young boy to lick his wounds.

Poor guy.

Junko overcoming her repulse of worms in trying to cheer him up.