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, 25 April 2015

A for Atori. Brambling, アトリ

A blurry image of a bird in flight. My husband says I shouldn't publish this. But can you see its eyes?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Farewell Red-flanked Bluetail, ルリビタキ

Why is it that we like blue birds so much. This male Bluetail was my favorite. I wonder if we will see him back again next year at his usual hide-out. I think he is getting old...

Great Tit, シジュウカラ courtship

Offering food is a common part of courtship behavior. A male may give a morsel to a female, showing that he is can find food and share it.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Eurasian Hoopoe, ヤツガシラ

Only the second time I managed to capture this bird. And again, it took off before I could do any better.... :(    I have to make up for that sometime!

Feeding my frustration, a Pale Thrush, シロハラ  taken on the same day
while waiting for a Japanese Robin or Thrush...

Checking the bath water

Need some privacy...

You cannot have it all.

Oriental Pratincole, ツバメチドリ

Finally a chance to see this bird up close. It's a beauty!



Sunday, 19 April 2015

In the maple trees: Goldcrest, キクイタダキ and some more

One day the もみじ trees are full with them, the next day they're gone...

Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ doing it's excercises

Brambling, アトリ male


Brown-headed Thrush, アカハラ

Not a rare bird in Japan but quite unusual to see it in the park my neighborhood

 White-cheeked Starling, ムクドリ Anybody home?

 This is a more common sight,

And this last one almost daily:
Black Kite, トビ  with a stolen fish (グチ, guchi)