Aisatsu

Aisatsu

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.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Trip to the south of Kyushu

Our yearly spin to Ibusuki turned out a little different. Jaap didn't run, he got the shits on Friday. Nice, when you are camping in a car! ;) Luckily he got well soon and it didn't stop me from having a go at the Boobies (see previous post) Very Exciting! I understand now why some photographers like raptors. The speed, the action, the wings - superb.



In the park in Ibusuki I looked up my old friends: Olive-backed Pipit, ビンズイ





Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ





Pale Thrush, シロハラ



We cheered the runners and wandered around town





Maybe I should start a blog about interesting toilet buildings (and bus stops) one day



Black-tailed Gull, ウミネコ



Mt Kaimondake in the evening



All sorts of sweethearts in the parks



After the marathon (and the party) we took the 8:00 am ferry to Minami Osumi and drove to Cape Sata. This is where we saw our first monkeys playing on the road. (see previous post again)


The "other part" of Kagoshima, seen from the ferry


Little Egret, コサギ and Pacific Reef Egret, クロサギ
A familiar sight of birds taking hold of their favorite possies in a fishing harbor




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We made our way north, where the monkeys got cheekier and the rain got worse and drove as far as Miyazaki pref. where we stayed at a harbor near Aburatsu, Nichinan for the night. 


 This Common Buzzard, ノスリseemed to be looking out for those naughty monkeys that were helping themselves to all kinds of greens at a farmer's field.








In that harbor we gazed at the size of the fishing vessels and their near perfect conditions



unloading



The price? $1000 each probably





mouth watering あじ!


A bit of color in an otherwise grey environment



drying radishes, 大根



A quick stop on the way back to Fukuoka: Mandarin Ducks, オシドリ
at a park near Kitago

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Happy Year of the Monkey

Collection of monkeys. First the pretty hand-made ones, by Noko elementary school 4-6th graders




Next the real naughty ones, seen in Kagoshima on our way back from Ibuzuki.


  
















Winter Birds 1

In between festivals and snow I managed to find some common birds around town.
Not very special; this year seems so quiet. However, I personally love the common birds just as much.


 The Meadow Buntings, ホオジロ can always be found. They love the reed and when the sun comes out they look pretty in the soft winter light.








Right around the corner a Water Rail, クイナ pops out



The Green Sandpiper, クサシギ was there too



Just like the Common Reed Buntings, オオジュリン




 Magpies, カササギ causing a bit of commotion - as usual


Teasing the Black Kite, トビ


Mr and Mrs Bull-headed Shrike, モズ




 Last but not least this Common Kingfisher, カワセミ


A common sight, but not here. Look at that location, there is a very busy road right there. See the car?