Tag Archives: birds

Not Just Another Walk in the Park

Hi blog. April is upon us, which means the beginning of the financial year and academic year, cherry blossom parties, and the end of the end of the extremely short spring holidays.  (I don’t get why the last day of … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Park

Hi blog. I’ll spare you the excuses, mostly because I have none. We are into late March, meaning the end of the academic and financial years, unstable weather – one day’s minimum might be higher than the next day’s maximum, … Continue reading

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Some good news for Storks

Hi blog. Some good news for an endangered species, the oriental white stork (Ciconia boyciana).  Known in Japan as konotori (鸛 or 鵠の鳥) and formerly as kui, it became extinct in the wild here before I was born! Some quick … Continue reading

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Gosh… goshawk

Hi blog. Coming off a five-day long weekend (only four for me, thanks to school Sports Day), I stumbled upon a news item on the front page of a newspaper in the staff room and, lo and behold, the same … Continue reading

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No Albatross around my neck…

And a good south wind sprung up behind; The Albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariners’ hollo! Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Hi blog. Japanese TV news is notoriously … Continue reading

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White-Eyes

The kids were playing in the park on a sunny late winter day when I noticed some movement in the sazanqua trees.  Quietly moving closer, I could see a hint of green, and then the entire bird became visible.  There … Continue reading

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Pheasants

January 29, 2012 The weather is clear, humidity low, and the air temperature comparable to the temperature in my fridge.  (“Hey, close the fridge door – all the warm air will escape!”) Crystals of ice line the edges of the … Continue reading

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Wild in Australia

I’m tempted to title this post “Things you can photograph with a proper camera”.  The best ones turned out to be videocaps, thanks largely to the more powerful zoom on the video camera. I would like to have taken more … Continue reading

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Stone the Crows

Japan has a rich diversity of birds, and even in the cities a good variety can be seen – assuming you know where to look. Unfortunately, the casual observer has a hard time seeing past the “big four” – sparrows, … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

October 25, 2011 I’ve started to develop a kind of sympathy for people who claim to have seen UFOs.  No sane person believes them.  Any video or photographic images are either lights far off in the distance or grainy pictures … Continue reading

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