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Ural Owl (フクロウ). It's always exciting to p Ural Owl (フクロウ). It's always exciting to photograph a bird I've not succeeded in capturing before, but when that happens to be an owl that's just 200m from my home, you can imagine my joy!
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #uralowl #owl #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #フクロウ #自然 #九州 #福岡

Ural Owl (フクロウ). It's always exciting to photograph a bird I've not succeeded in capturing before, but when that happens to be an owl that's just 200m from my home, you can imagine my joy!
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #uralowl #owl #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #フクロウ #自然 #九州 #福岡
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That was a shock! I walked around the corner and a That was a shock! I walked around the corner and almost bumped into this big wild boar! This was back on June 16th at about 7pm. Luckily he had his back to me... Anyway, it was a great opportunity. This is only 1km from my home.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #wildboar #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #イノシシ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

That was a shock! I walked around the corner and almost bumped into this big wild boar! This was back on June 16th at about 7pm. Luckily he had his back to me... Anyway, it was a great opportunity. This is only 1km from my home.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #wildboar #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #イノシシ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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This beautiful beetle is the red-spotted longhorn, This beautiful beetle is the red-spotted longhorn, Eupromus ruber (ホシベニカミキリ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #beetles #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #カミキリ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

This beautiful beetle is the red-spotted longhorn, Eupromus ruber (ホシベニカミキリ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #beetles #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #カミキリ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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This beautiful beetle is the Yellow-spotted longho This beautiful beetle is the Yellow-spotted longhorn, Psacothea hilaris (キボシカミキリ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #beetles #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #カミキリ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

This beautiful beetle is the Yellow-spotted longhorn, Psacothea hilaris (キボシカミキリ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #beetles #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #カミキリ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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I'm no expert on fungi and couldn't find this one I'm no expert on fungi and couldn't find this one in my (very small) field guide, but it was a beauty! It was really as yellow as this photo shows!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #fungi #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #キノコ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

I'm no expert on fungi and couldn't find this one in my (very small) field guide, but it was a beauty! It was really as yellow as this photo shows!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #fungi #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #キノコ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Incredibly vicious battle! These two spider-huntin Incredibly vicious battle! These two spider-hunting wasps were going nuts fighting each other over a spider that one of them had paralyzed ready to feed its young. They dragged it back and forth, tried stinging each other, while all the time ignoring me.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #wasps #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Incredibly vicious battle! These two spider-hunting wasps were going nuts fighting each other over a spider that one of them had paralyzed ready to feed its young. They dragged it back and forth, tried stinging each other, while all the time ignoring me.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #wasps #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Cattle Egret (アマサギ) in flight above Nogata Cattle Egret (アマサギ) in flight above Nogata.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #egret #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #アマサギ

Cattle Egret (アマサギ) in flight above Nogata.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #egret #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #アマサギ
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Exciting to see a pair of Yellow Bitterns (ヨシゴイ) in the Nogata area. If I'd been quicker adjusting my camera settings, I'd have taken a great shot... Next time!!
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #bittern #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #ヨシゴイ

Exciting to see a pair of Yellow Bitterns (ヨシゴイ) in the Nogata area. If I'd been quicker adjusting my camera settings, I'd have taken a great shot... Next time!!
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #bittern #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #ヨシゴイ
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A complex collection of clouds. #naturaljapan #jap A complex collection of clouds.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #clouds #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #雲 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

A complex collection of clouds.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #clouds #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #雲 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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The mountain was steaming. #naturaljapan #japannat The mountain was steaming.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #clouds #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #雲 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

The mountain was steaming.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #clouds #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #雲 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Sunflowers always brighten the day! #naturaljapan Sunflowers always brighten the day!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #plants #sunflowers #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #ヒマワリ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Sunflowers always brighten the day!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #plants #sunflowers #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #ヒマワリ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Probably the cutest bird I've ever seen! We really Probably the cutest bird I've ever seen! We really enjoyed watching the antics of this  young Northern Boobook (アオバズク) in Yukuhashi on July 22nd. The breeding pair have managed to raise 4 healthy chicks this year -- very successful. It's our first time to see this species, so we were really excited.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #boobook #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #アオバズク #自然 #九州 #福岡

Probably the cutest bird I've ever seen! We really enjoyed watching the antics of this young Northern Boobook (アオバズク) in Yukuhashi on July 22nd. The breeding pair have managed to raise 4 healthy chicks this year -- very successful. It's our first time to see this species, so we were really excited.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #boobook #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #アオバズク #自然 #九州 #福岡
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We were lucky enough to see this family of Norther We were lucky enough to see this family of Northern Boobook (アオバズク) in Yukuhashi on July 22nd. The breeding pair have managed to raise 4 healthy chicks this year -- very successful. It's our first time to see this species, so we were really excited.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #boobook #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #アオバズク #自然 #九州 #福岡

We were lucky enough to see this family of Northern Boobook (アオバズク) in Yukuhashi on July 22nd. The breeding pair have managed to raise 4 healthy chicks this year -- very successful. It's our first time to see this species, so we were really excited.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #boobook #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #野鳥 #アオバズク #自然 #九州 #福岡
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A tiny Japanese Grass Lizard (ニホンカナヘビ) in the garden this morning... Very recently hatched I imagine.
#naturaljapan #japannature #reptiles #lizard #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #爬虫類 #トカゲ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

A tiny Japanese Grass Lizard (ニホンカナヘビ) in the garden this morning... Very recently hatched I imagine.
#naturaljapan #japannature #reptiles #lizard #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #爬虫類 #トカゲ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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This giant burrowing cockroach (オオゴキブリ This giant burrowing cockroach (オオゴキブリ) ran across the path in front of us. A gentle and harmless creature.
#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #cockroach #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #昆虫 #ゴキブリ #自然 #九州 #福岡

This giant burrowing cockroach (オオゴキブリ) ran across the path in front of us. A gentle and harmless creature.
#naturaljapan #japannature #insects #insectphotography #cockroach #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #昆虫 #ゴキブリ #自然 #九州 #福岡
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Bumped into this beautiful young Japanese Badger b Bumped into this beautiful young Japanese Badger back in June.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #badger #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アナグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Bumped into this beautiful young Japanese Badger back in June.
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #badger #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アナグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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I kindly made a blood donation. #naturaljapan #ja I kindly made a blood donation.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #mosquito #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

I kindly made a blood donation.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #mosquito #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Beautiful big Ailanthus Silkmoth (AKA the Eri Silk Beautiful big Ailanthus Silkmoth (AKA the Eri Silkmoth) on the wall of my house. Thank you to Shinobu for finding this on my birthday in May!!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Beautiful big Ailanthus Silkmoth (AKA the Eri Silkmoth) on the wall of my house. Thank you to Shinobu for finding this on my birthday in May!!
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #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”!

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Acromantis japonica

This is a very small mantis — about 3cm long. Munakata, Japan.
English name: Japanese boxer mantis
Japanese name: hime-kamakiri
Scientific name: Acromantis japonica

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Hirata Stag Beetle

This Hirata Stag Beetle was walking along the same path as me near Yamada Village in Munakata.
Japanese name: hirata-kuwagata
Scientific name: Dorcus titanus

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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.



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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)

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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).

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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)

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Angled Sunbeam Butterfly

English: Angled Sunbeam
Japanese: uragin-shijimi
Scientific: Curetis acuta paracuta
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Japanese Oakblue Butterfly

English: Japanese Oakblue Butterfly
Japanese: murasaki-shijimi
Scientific: Narathura japonica
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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