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A beautiful female fox (vixen) sneaked up behind us when we were walking along a narrow country lane.

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A beautiful female fox (vixen) sneaked up behind us when we were walking along a narrow country lane.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #キツネ
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This weird and wonderful creature looks like a giant ant but it's an Oil Beetle or Blister Beetle. I handled it carefully so it wouldn't release the chemical (cantharidin) that causes skin damage.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #beetles #oilbeetle #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #ヒメツチハンミョウ

This weird and wonderful creature looks like a giant ant but it's an Oil Beetle or Blister Beetle. I handled it carefully so it wouldn't release the chemical (cantharidin) that causes skin damage.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #beetles #oilbeetle #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #ヒメツチハンミョウ
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Like an angel... Great Egret.

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Like an angel... Great Egret.

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This weird creature is a Japanese Suppon Turtle. Only my second time seeing one in the wild.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #reptile #turtle #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #スッポン

This weird creature is a Japanese Suppon Turtle. Only my second time seeing one in the wild.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #reptile #turtle #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #スッポン
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I bumped into this Japanese Weasel (itachi) during my morning walk. I was already standing still when he appeared so he didn't spot me and I had the chance to watch him sneaking around looking for prey. Nice experience.

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I bumped into this Japanese Weasel (itachi) during my morning walk. I was already standing still when he appeared so he didn't spot me and I had the chance to watch him sneaking around looking for prey. Nice experience.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #weasel #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #イタチ
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We spotted 12 Eurasian Whimbrels (chuushakushigi) on the beach near our house. We don't often see them around here so it was pretty exciting.

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We spotted 12 Eurasian Whimbrels (chuushakushigi) on the beach near our house. We don't often see them around here so it was pretty exciting.

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #チュウシャクシギ
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We spotted 12 Eurasian Whimbrels (chuushakushigi) on the beach near our house. We don't often see them around here so it was pretty exciting.

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #チュウシャクシギ

We spotted 12 Eurasian Whimbrels (chuushakushigi) on the beach near our house. We don't often see them around here so it was pretty exciting.

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #チュウシャクシギ
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A nice juicy worm for this Great Egret (daisagi).
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A nice juicy worm for this Great Egret (daisagi).
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #egret #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #ダイサギ
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Hwamei, or Melodious Laughing Thrush. Similarly to the Red-billed Leiothrix, this species sings beautifully and was brought to Japan 50 years ago as a pet.

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Hwamei, or Melodious Laughing Thrush. Similarly to the Red-billed Leiothrix, this species sings beautifully and was brought to Japan 50 years ago as a pet.

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Red-billed Leiothrix hanging out in the shadows. These colorful birds sing beautifully, which is why they were brought to Japan as pets over 50 years ago.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #ソウシチョウ

Red-billed Leiothrix hanging out in the shadows. These colorful birds sing beautifully, which is why they were brought to Japan as pets over 50 years ago.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #ソウシチョウ
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Japanese bush warbler... warbling in a Japanese bush

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Japanese bush warbler... warbling in a Japanese bush

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Sparrow hunting for caterpillars at the edge of a field.
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Sparrow hunting for caterpillars at the edge of a field.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #sparrow #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #スズメ
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This little Japanese White-eye was singing its heart out in our garden.
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This little Japanese White-eye was singing its heart out in our garden.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #メジロ
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I can never resist taking another photo of a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (kogera). They're everywhere and their tameness makes them easy to photograph!

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #woodpecker #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #コゲラ

I can never resist taking another photo of a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (kogera). They're everywhere and their tameness makes them easy to photograph!

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #woodpecker #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #コゲラ
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We went to Higashi-yoka Mudflats in Saga with the goal of trying to find some Pied Avocets... We found them! Really happy to see them as they are uncommon in Japan.

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #avocet #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #saga #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #佐賀 #ソリハシセイタカシギ

We went to Higashi-yoka Mudflats in Saga with the goal of trying to find some Pied Avocets... We found them! Really happy to see them as they are uncommon in Japan.

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #avocet #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #saga #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #佐賀 #ソリハシセイタカシギ
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The Varied Tit (Yamagara) might not have the prettiest call but I love their confidence and posing ability. One of my most photographed birds.

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The Varied Tit (Yamagara) might not have the prettiest call but I love their confidence and posing ability. One of my most photographed birds.

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #ヤマガラ
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Great-crested grebes (カンムリカイツブリ) on Tonda Reservoir next to Green Park in Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu. 

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Great-crested grebes (カンムリカイツブリ) on Tonda Reservoir next to Green Park in Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu.

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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”!

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.



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)

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).

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)