These really are terrible photos of a Japanese bush warbler (uguisu), but it was way up at the top of a tree and under dark rain clouds… I just wanted to put something on my blog because we’ve been hearing the beautiful singing of these birds for a few weeks now, and this is the first one I’ve managed to photograph. This species is nothing much to look at, but the call is truly wonderful, probably one of the most memorable there is, and it is regarded as a sign of spring in Japan: hohhh-kekkyoh (sound file here on Wikipedia).
Passeriformes: Sylviidae (warblers)
Japanese bush warbler (uguisu)
Location: Yamada Village, Munakata (google map here)