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One of the parent kingfishers brought a fish to the rock and attempted to feed a juvenile but the two young ones squabbled so much over the fish that the adult flew away and ate the fish itself. Comical to watch.

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One of the parent kingfishers brought a fish to the rock and attempted to feed a juvenile but the two young ones squabbled so much over the fish that the adult flew away and ate the fish itself. Comical to watch.

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Munakata and Fukutsu have some pretty nice beaches. We're lucky to live here.

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Munakata and Fukutsu have some pretty nice beaches. We're lucky to live here.

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Nice view not far from my house. I love this area.

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Nice view not far from my house. I love this area.

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A swallow swallowing...

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A swallow swallowing...

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Feed us!!!

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Feed us!!!

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Hungry mouths to feed...

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Hungry mouths to feed...

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Lucky me, having this amazing 6km walk home from my nearest train station. Today, I saw a marten and green woodpecker, and I heard my first cuckoo of the year. I'm in heaven.

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Lucky me, having this amazing 6km walk home from my nearest train station. Today, I saw a marten and green woodpecker, and I heard my first cuckoo of the year. I'm in heaven.

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A beautiful female fox (vixen) sneaked up behind us when we were walking along a narrow country lane.

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A beautiful female fox (vixen) sneaked up behind us when we were walking along a narrow country lane.

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This weird and wonderful creature looks like a giant ant but it's an Oil Beetle or Blister Beetle. I handled it carefully so it wouldn't release the chemical (cantharidin) that causes skin damage.

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This weird and wonderful creature looks like a giant ant but it's an Oil Beetle or Blister Beetle. I handled it carefully so it wouldn't release the chemical (cantharidin) that causes skin damage.

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Like an angel... Great Egret.

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Like an angel... Great Egret.

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This weird creature is a Japanese Suppon Turtle. Only my second time seeing one in the wild.
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This weird creature is a Japanese Suppon Turtle. Only my second time seeing one in the wild.
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I bumped into this Japanese Weasel (itachi) during my morning walk. I was already standing still when he appeared so he didn't spot me and I had the chance to watch him sneaking around looking for prey. Nice experience.

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I bumped into this Japanese Weasel (itachi) during my morning walk. I was already standing still when he appeared so he didn't spot me and I had the chance to watch him sneaking around looking for prey. Nice experience.

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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)