More Mating Lizards

We opened the front door this morning and found these two lizards mating right in the middle of our path – I nearly trod on them! The female appeared to be in a trance (though not quite ecstatic) while the male was so busy holding on that he ignored us completely.

Takydromus tachydromoidesTakydromus tachydromoides

Reptilia: Squamata (scaled reptiles): Lacertilia (lizards): Lacertidae (wall lizards)
Japanese Grass Lizard: Takydromus tachydromoides (nihon kanahebi)

Location: Munakata Common (Google map)

Green Pheasant

I was driving along a local back road on my way to work when I saw this pheasant standing at the top of a bank next to a field. I didn’t expect to be able to get a shot, but I stopped the car and tried and, amazingly, managed to get quite close. He was very proud of himself it seemed!

Green PheasantGreen Pheasant

Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Phasianus versicolor
Green Pheasant = kiji

Location: Fields under Jouyama in Munakata (Google map)