Monthly Archives: February 2008

Daurian Redstart

I went for a long walk through the forest and fields near Munakata Common, with my camera at the ready to try to get some shots of Daurian Redstarts (Joubitaki), since there are so many in the area and I’m … Continue reading

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Little Egret flying by

I was so pleased with these shots of a little egret (kosagi). I just happened to have the camera on “sports mode” and pre-zoomed to 360mm when the egret flew by, allowing me to get quite close shots of the action! … Continue reading

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Grey Wagtail

This pretty grey wagtail was hopping around in the concrete channel running through the fields near Munakata Common. I took some better photos of a grey wagtail before (here). Order: Passeriformes; Family: Motacillidae English: Grey Wagtail; Japanese: kisekirei Scientific name: Motacilla … Continue reading

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Bull-headed Shrike

Saw another bull-headed shrike (mozu) today. See previous blog entry here. Order: Passeriformes; Family: Laniidae English: Bull-headed Shrike; Japanese: mozu Scientific: Lanius bucephalus Location: near Hyoutan Pond (google map)

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Thrushes

On my walk today I saw (and heard) quite a few thrushes. The dusky thrush (tsugumi) was in a field and the pale thrushes (shirohara) were in the field and in the forest. Order: Passeriformes; Family: Turdidae (thrushes) English: Dusky Thrush; Japanese: … Continue reading

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Daurian Redstart

Male Daurian Redstarts are such beautiful birds. I’ve seen them every time almost I’ve been out for a walk this winter, but they are proving to be difficult to photograph well. This one waited until I was almost in range, then flew … Continue reading

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Osprey

Walking to the station this morning I managed to grab a shot of this osprey flying above me. I had the camera in my hand and just had time to snap a few shots without adjusting the settings. I wish … Continue reading

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Bull-headed Shrike

Just as I was passing a derelict farmhouse, I spotted a smallish bird in a tree and took a couple of photos between the branches. I couldn’t make out what it was at the time, but found out later that it … Continue reading

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