Saturday 27 April 2013

Izumi Shizen Koen (Izumi Nature Park)

As we are not familiar with lots of birds in Japan, we decided to go on a birding walk in Izumi Shizen Koen organised by the Wild Bird Society of Japan this weekend to learn a bit more about Japanese birds. And we were right! Even before the walk had started, the WBSJ members spotted a Grey-faced Buzzard (Sashibaサシバ), which we would have easily mistaken for a Sparrowhawk or a Goshawk.

Later on, we saw a Goshawk (Ootakaオオタカ) and a Grey-faced Buzzard soaring very close to each other.
GF Buzzard is on the right.

A magnificent Goshawk

It's really good to have pics because they are helpful to identify birds even after the birds have gone. And we were able to ask the WBSJ members for some advice:)

The park is famous for Mandarin Ducks (Oshidoriオシドリ), so we were told. Most of them were resting on low branches under cover, which made it difficult to spot them (and to take pics of them).  

A Black-crowned Night Heron (Goisagiゴイサギ) was hunting upside down:)

He gave up, went up the hill and disappeared...

I couldn't get many photos today but we saw/heard quite a few birds during the walk:
Mandarin Ducks (Oshidoriオシドリ), Mallards (Magamoマガモ), Spotbilled Ducks (Karugamoカルガモ), Little Grebes (Kaituburiカイツブリ), Black-crowned Night Heron (Goisagiゴイサギ), Grey Heron (Aosagiアオサギ), Goshawk (Oogakaオオタカ), Black-faced Buzzard (Sashibaサシバ), Kingfishers (Kawasemiカワセミ), Varied Tits (Yamagaraヤマガラ), Great Tits (Shiju-karaシジュウカラ), Swallows (Tsubameツバメ), Brown-eared Bulbuls (Hiyodoriヒヨドリ), Long-tailed Tits (Enagaエナガ), Oriental Turtle Doves (Kijibatoキジバト), Pale Thrush (Shiroharaシロハラ), Tree Sparrows (Suzumeスズメ), White Wagtails (Hakusekireiハクセキレイ), Black-faced Bunting (Aojiアオジ), Olive-backed Tree Pipit (Binzuiビンズイ), Grey Starlings (Mukudoriムクドリ),
(heard) Japanese Bush Warbler (Uguisuウグイス), Eastern Crowned Willow Warbler (Sendaimushikuiセンダイムシクイ), Oriental Greenfinch (Kawarahiwaカワラヒワ), Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (Kogeraコゲラ), Chinese Bamboo Partridge (Kojukeiコジュケイ)

There were lots of frogs, lizards, butterflies, beetles and spiders as well.
Japanese Tree Frog (Nihon Amagaeruニホンアマガエル) (at least, I think that's what it is!)

 American Bullfrog (Ushigaeruウシガエル)

Can you see me??

Japanese Grass Lizard (Nihon Kanahebiニホンカナヘビ)

About the park (in Japanese)

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