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, 30 August 2016

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Oriental Pratincole, ツバメチドリ

Back in Japan. It's August - summer break - hot and muggy. Didn't think any birds would be out there in the sweltering heat. But surprise: a young migrating Oriental Pratincole, ツバメチドリ
This must be his or her first trip south. Gambatte!!!



Others out there were the ever quarrelling juvenile plovers, Little Ringed Plover,  コチドリ

A couple of Long-toed Stints, ヒバリシギ

Several Red-necked Stints, トウネン. Some in summer plumage...

Others in their winter outfit - more white and a non-colored neck

And a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, ウズラシギ  in the far corner

Monday, 4 July 2016

The first of July

This rainy season brings us a lot of rain. Of course, that's what it is supposed to do. Still... it seems more than usual. Come to think of it, every year something is odd, uncommon. What is normal?
Today there is no sun in the sky; we have to make do with these:  Sunflower, ひまわり

A young male Narcissus Flycatcher, キビタキ singing its heart out in Kanayama

Japanese pit viper. Very poisonous but also very dead... :-(

Friday, 1 July 2016

In the evening

On sunny days the afternoons get so hot. But evenings are comfortable. 

  Nori on his watch

June compilation 1 Ajisai アジサイ

When the migrating birds have left Fukuoka there is that sudden gap of emptiness. It feels like your best friends are gone and you wish you could follow them, all the way to their breeding grounds in Siberia. But then comes June and the Hydrangea starts to bloom. Colorful insects appear, frog babies jump out and suddenly you are busy again...