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Looking for bears (and birds) in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #北海道

Looking for bears (and birds) in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #北海道
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This fox was trotting along at the side of the road with a bird in its mouth.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #キツネ

This fox was trotting along at the side of the road with a bird in its mouth.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #キツネ
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Red-crowned crane (タンチョウ) in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #crane #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #hokkaido #野鳥 #自然 #北海道 #タンチョウ

Red-crowned crane (タンチョウ) in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #crane #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #hokkaido #野鳥 #自然 #北海道 #タンチョウ
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Lovely little Nuthatch (ゴジュウカラ) in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #nuthatch #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #hokkaido #野鳥 #自然 #北海道 #ゴジュウカラ

Lovely little Nuthatch (ゴジュウカラ) in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #nuthatch #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #hokkaido #野鳥 #自然 #北海道 #ゴジュウカラ
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Gorgeous great-spotted woodpecker (アカゲラ) in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #woodpecker #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #hokkaido #野鳥 #自然 #北海道 #キツツキ

Gorgeous great-spotted woodpecker (アカゲラ) in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #woodpecker #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #hokkaido #野鳥 #自然 #北海道 #キツツキ
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This Varied Tit (ヤマガラ) was tame enough to take sunflower seeds from Shinobu's hand. I wonder which of them was happiest!
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This Varied Tit (ヤマガラ) was tame enough to take sunflower seeds from Shinobu's hand. I wonder which of them was happiest!
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #hokkaido #野鳥 #自然 #北海道
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Ezo chipmunk (エゾシマリス) in Hokkaido. 100% cuteness!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #squirrel #chipmunk #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #シマリス

Ezo chipmunk (エゾシマリス) in Hokkaido. 100% cuteness!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #squirrel #chipmunk #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #シマリス
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This was in a city park in Sapporo. Maruyama Park. I'd love to live near there!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #squirrel #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #リス

This was in a city park in Sapporo. Maruyama Park. I'd love to live near there!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #squirrel #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #リス
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I love their white bellies!
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I love their white bellies!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #squirrel #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #リス
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Fox (キツネ) at the side of the road in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #キツネ

Fox (キツネ) at the side of the road in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #キツネ
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Fox (キツネ) at the side of the road in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #キツネ

Fox (キツネ) at the side of the road in Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #キツネ
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We saw lots of these cute little fellas during our trip to Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #squirrel #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #リス

We saw lots of these cute little fellas during our trip to Hokkaido.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #squirrel #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #リス
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Lucky capture on a trailcam I left out for only two nights in Hokkaido. Mother brown bear (ヒグマ) with two cubs.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #bear #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #クマ #ヒグマ

Lucky capture on a trailcam I left out for only two nights in Hokkaido. Mother brown bear (ヒグマ) with two cubs.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #bear #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #hokkaido #自然 #哺乳類 #北海道 #クマ #ヒグマ
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Yum yum says the mantis.

#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #mantis #prayingmantis #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #カマキリ  #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Yum yum says the mantis.

#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #mantis #prayingmantis #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #カマキリ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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A very large and powerful predatory digger wasp -- Sphex argentatus (クロアナバチ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #wasps #hymenoptera #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #ハチ  #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

A very large and powerful predatory digger wasp -- Sphex argentatus (クロアナバチ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #wasps #hymenoptera #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #ハチ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Fantastic bright metallic blue digger wasp. Probably Chalybion japonicum (ヤマトルリジガバチ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #wasps #hymenoptera #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #ハチ  #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Fantastic bright metallic blue digger wasp. Probably Chalybion japonicum (ヤマトルリジガバチ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #wasps #hymenoptera #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #ハチ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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My first Rhinoceros Beetle this summer. I guess I'll find lots more from now on.
#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #beetles #rhinocerosbeetle #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #カブトムシ  #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

My first Rhinoceros Beetle this summer. I guess I'll find lots more from now on.
#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #beetles #rhinocerosbeetle #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #カブトムシ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Lots of noisy Great Cormorants (カワウ) nesting in a tree in Nogata.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Lots of noisy Great Cormorants (カワウ) nesting in a tree in Nogata.
#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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Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers (コゲラ) are very common in our area, and I have hundreds of photos of them already, but I can't resist taking another one.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #woodpecker #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #コゲラ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers (コゲラ) are very common in our area, and I have hundreds of photos of them already, but I can't resist taking another one.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #woodpecker #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #コゲラ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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I love sunsets reflected in rice paddies.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #sunset #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

I love sunsets reflected in rice paddies.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #sunset #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #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”!

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)