Monday 6 May 2013

Kasai Rinkai Koen 2

Quite a few Cormorants (Kawauカワウ), Tufted Ducks (Kinkurohajiroキンクロハジロ), Spot-billed Ducks (Karugamoカルガモ), a couple of Coots (Oobanオオバン), Moorhens (Banバン), Little Grebes (Kaitsuburiカイツブリ), Teals (Kogamoコガモ), Pochards (Hoshihajiroホシハジロ) and Shovellers (Hashibirokamoハシビロカモ) were seen on the fresh water lake.

Cormorants were drying their feathers on poles.

When we were having lunch, a pair of Spot-billed Ducks started a courtship dance:)
Then they started to mate. We didn't know they mate in the water.

I was a bit worried that the male had drowned the female! But she was fine:)

Little Grebes' trilling calls were heard here and there from the thick reeds. Are they going to breed on the lake here?

A pair of Teals were foraging and disappeared into the reeds.

Lots of Dunlins (Hamashigiハマシギ) were resting on the salt water lake.

Some of them were quite actively foraging and bathing:)

A Little Ringed Plover (Kochidoriコチドリ) was on the opposite shore from the hide, but...

flew towards us:) There are 4-5 main plover species are seen around here at this time of year. Very nice to see a variety of them every time we go out birding:) Very hard to identify each of them, though;)

Are you posing?  One of the Whimbrels (Chuushakushigiチュウシャクシギ) spotted around Tokyo Bay last month was confirmed as one ringed in Brisbane in January. Amazing!!

We counted 28 species in the park and yet no luck for the flycatchers...

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