Monthly Archives: February 2007

Dusky Thrush

Order: Passeriformes; Family: Turdidae Turdus naumanni Dusky Thrush = tsugumi Location: Mizumachi Lake (see post here)

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Little Grebes

I saw lots of little grebes on Mizimachi Lake, but they were not easy to photograph. I will have to try again sometime. Order: Podicipediformes; Family: Podicipedidae Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe = katsuburi Location: Mizumachi Lake (see post here)

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Lake Cormorants

I have always associated cormorants with the sea, but these ones were at Mizumachi Lake, which is far from the sea. They were perched in the trees and occasionally came down to the water. My photos were taken with a … Continue reading

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Mandarin Ducks

I saw these Mandarins on the far side of the lake and couldn’t get near them. Then I sneaked through the forest to a point not far from where they were and sat there for an hour. Eventually a few of the … Continue reading

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Mizumachi Lake

Mizumachi Lake is near Nogata and it’s a great place for bird watching. Google map: here

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Brown-eared Bulbul

More brown-eared bulbuls in the garden. These birds are irritatingly noisy, but I like them. Order: Passeriformes; Family: Pycnonotidae Microscelis amaurotis Brown-eared Bulbul = hiyodori

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Japanese White-eye

More photos of white-eyes in our garden: Order: Passeriformes Family: Zosteropidae Zosterops japonicus Japanese White-eye = mejiro

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Black Kite

Black kites (tobi) are really common and we regularly see them circling high above our area, but the best place to see them is along the coast. We went for lunch at a fish restaurant today and then wandered around … Continue reading

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Japanese White-eye

The mikan oranges that we put in the bush in our garden are absolutely irresistible for Japanese white-eyes (mejiro). So many of them come into the garden (or maybe it’s the same ones many times) that we hardly notice them … Continue reading

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Pale Thrush

While I was waiting to get a photo of a brown-eared bulbul in the garden, this pale thrush (shirohara) showed up. Nice surprise. It seems that many birds can’t resist the temptation of juicy mikan (small oranges)! Order: Passeriformes Family: … Continue reading

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