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Smew (ミコアイサ) at Green Park in Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu.

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Smew (ミコアイサ) at Green Park in Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu.

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Goldcrest (キクイタダキ) flying around in the shadows at Satsuki Matsubara pine forest by the seaside in Munakata.

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Goldcrest (キクイタダキ) flying around in the shadows at Satsuki Matsubara pine forest by the seaside in Munakata.

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Great egret (daisagi) coming in to land

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Great egret (daisagi) coming in to land

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Beautiful little Kestrel (chougenbou) hunting for grasshoppers in a field.

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Beautiful little Kestrel (chougenbou) hunting for grasshoppers in a field.

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This is what happens when a vegetarian goes hunting LOL.
No, I didn't hunt for fruit, a local farmer kindly gave me 4 enormous pomelo (banpeiyu) as a gift. These things weigh 1.5kg each! I had to carry them 2km home, but I'm not complaining as I love this fruit.

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This is what happens when a vegetarian goes hunting LOL.
No, I didn't hunt for fruit, a local farmer kindly gave me 4 enormous pomelo (banpeiyu) as a gift. These things weigh 1.5kg each! I had to carry them 2km home, but I'm not complaining as I love this fruit.

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Daurian redstart (ジョウビタキ) fluffed up due to the cold.

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Daurian redstart (ジョウビタキ) fluffed up due to the cold.

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This is where I live... Well, about 800m from my house. Walking home after an evening stroll. I feel blessed to be surrounded by nature.

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This is where I live... Well, about 800m from my house. Walking home after an evening stroll. I feel blessed to be surrounded by nature.

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Beautiful Jorōgumo orb-weaver spider in our garden this morning.

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Beautiful Jorōgumo orb-weaver spider in our garden this morning.

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The Melodious Laughing Thrush or Hwamei (ガビチョウ) is not a native Japanese bird, but it's still one of my favourites. This one was replying (angrily?) to my poor attempts at whistling his song ha ha

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The Melodious Laughing Thrush or Hwamei (ガビチョウ) is not a native Japanese bird, but it's still one of my favourites. This one was replying (angrily?) to my poor attempts at whistling his song ha ha

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We found ten Chestnut Tiger Butterflies (アサギマダラ) in one spot on our walk today -- it's a secluded clearing with very few visitors so we felt lucky to be able to watch them in peace. This species migrates over 1,000km from the north of Japan to the south in this season.
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We found ten Chestnut Tiger Butterflies (アサギマダラ) in one spot on our walk today -- it's a secluded clearing with very few visitors so we felt lucky to be able to watch them in peace. This species migrates over 1,000km from the north of Japan to the south in this season.
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Great Egret at Saga's Higashi-yoka mudflats

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Great Egret at Saga's Higashi-yoka mudflats

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Beautiful pose by a Great Egret.

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Beautiful pose by a Great Egret.

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Mine's longer than yours! Necks ha ha

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Mine's longer than yours! Necks ha ha

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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)