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We were amazed to see this huge flock of around 50 We were amazed to see this huge flock of around 500 Bramblings (アトリ) in a field and up on the wires. Beautiful birds and really fun watching their murmurations. We guess they're gathering in preparation for the migration back up to Siberia for the summer.
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We were amazed to see this huge flock of around 500 Bramblings (アトリ) in a field and up on the wires. Beautiful birds and really fun watching their murmurations. We guess they're gathering in preparation for the migration back up to Siberia for the summer.
#birds #birding #birdphotography #nuts_about_birds #birds_nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography #naturaljapan #fukuoka #munakata
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Bullfinches (ウソ) are visiting us in Munakata t Bullfinches (ウソ) are visiting us in Munakata these days and they're my current favourite bird. Just lovely.
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Bullfinches (ウソ) are visiting us in Munakata these days and they're my current favourite bird. Just lovely.
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Common Cormorant (カワウ) in Munakata. #birds # Common Cormorant (カワウ) in Munakata.
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Common Cormorant (カワウ) in Munakata.
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Black-headed Gull (ユリカモメ) strutting arou Black-headed Gull (ユリカモメ) strutting around by the Muroumi River in Fukuoka.
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Black-headed Gull (ユリカモメ) strutting around by the Muroumi River in Fukuoka.
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One of the several Pintail Ducks (オナガガモ) One of the several Pintail Ducks (オナガガモ) I saw on the Muroumi River in Fukuoka in March.
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One of the several Pintail Ducks (オナガガモ) I saw on the Muroumi River in Fukuoka in March.
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Eastern Turtle Dove (キジバト) kindly posing i Eastern Turtle Dove (キジバト) kindly posing in a tree for me.
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Eastern Turtle Dove (キジバト) kindly posing in a tree for me.
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Brown-eared Bulbuls also enjoy feeding on plum blo Brown-eared Bulbuls also enjoy feeding on plum blossom.

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Brown-eared Bulbuls also enjoy feeding on plum blossom.

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I created this "movie" by animating about 20 still I created this "movie" by animating about 20 still photos shot in series.
As I was trying to photograph a bird, this fox just happened to come around the corner. One of us was very happy about the encounter and the other ran off to sulk.

#fox #mammal #mammals #animal #animals #animalphotography #animalkingdom #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography #naturaljapan #fukuoka #munakata

I created this "movie" by animating about 20 still photos shot in series.
As I was trying to photograph a bird, this fox just happened to come around the corner. One of us was very happy about the encounter and the other ran off to sulk.

#fox #mammal #mammals #animal #animals #animalphotography #animalkingdom #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography #naturaljapan #fukuoka #munakata
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Lapwing (タゲリ) in a field at the crane restin Lapwing (タゲリ) in a field at the crane resting grounds.

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Lapwing (タゲリ) in a field at the crane resting grounds.

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We saw lots of these Rooks (ミヤマガラス). We saw lots of these Rooks (ミヤマガラス).

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We saw lots of these Rooks (ミヤマガラス).

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Common Snipe (タシギ) wondering whether or not Common Snipe (タシギ) wondering whether or not I'd seen it.

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Common Snipe (タシギ) wondering whether or not I'd seen it.

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Dunlin (ハマシギ) #naturaljapan #japannature Dunlin (ハマシギ)

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Dunlin (ハマシギ)

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Very handsome Daurian Redstart (ジョウビタキ Very handsome Daurian Redstart (ジョウビタキ) showing me his best side.

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Very handsome Daurian Redstart (ジョウビタキ) showing me his best side.

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Green Lacewing Larva

This Green Lacewing larva (J: kusakagerou no youchuu) was crawling across our dining room table. I think it came into the house on some vegetables. As you can see, it’s covered in debris, presumably to protect itself. Lacewing larva such as this eat other small insects, especially aphids (J: abura-mushi), so they are useful to gardeners. They are sometimes called “aphid lions”!

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Acromantis japonica

This is a very small mantis — about 3cm long. Munakata, Japan.
English name: Japanese boxer mantis
Japanese name: hime-kamakiri
Scientific name: Acromantis japonica

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Hirata Stag Beetle

This Hirata Stag Beetle was walking along the same path as me near Yamada Village in Munakata.
Japanese name: hirata-kuwagata
Scientific name: Dorcus titanus

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Huntsman Spider

This type of huntsman spider is called kamasu-gumo in Japanese — refering to the weaving pattern on its back (I think).
Scientific name: Thelcticopis severa.
Found near Yokoyama Village in Munakata.



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Dragonflies

Lots of dragonflies (J: tombo) out and about yesterday as well. Here are two species of damselfly (smaller/thinner) and one true dragonfly.
The blue one looks like a ruler so in Japanese it’s called monosashi-tombo i.e. “ruler damselfly” (it’s a male). The brown one is a female monosashi-tombo. The one with black wings is called haguro-tombo i.e. “black-winged damselfly”. The final picture is an almost-impossible-to-photograph flying Golden-ringed dragonfly (J: oniyanma), which never seem to keep still.
monosashi-tombo = Copera annulata
haguro-tombo = Calopteryx atrata
oniyanma = Anotogaster sieboldii (probably)

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Lesser Cuckoo

English: Lesser Cuckoo
Japanese: hototogisu
Scientific: Cuculus poliocephalus
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan).
This bird is a brood parasite of the Japanese Bush Warbler (J: uguisu).

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Wasp-like Hoverfly

This very large hoverfly looks and behaves remarkably like a wasp. It’s one of the biggest hoverflies at 20mm in length.

Japanese: shirosuji-naga-hanaabu
Scientific: Milesia undulata
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Angled Sunbeam Butterfly

English: Angled Sunbeam
Japanese: uragin-shijimi
Scientific: Curetis acuta paracuta
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Japanese Oakblue Butterfly

English: Japanese Oakblue Butterfly
Japanese: murasaki-shijimi
Scientific: Narathura japonica
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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