Thursday 10 October 2013

Yatsu Higata

A couple of typhoons have hit Japan recently when we were off from work, which kept us from going bird-watching. Those typhoons finally brought an autumnal atmosphere and gradually we have heard news about birds arriving to winter here in Japan.

On a sunny Saturday morning, we paid a brief visit to Yatsuhigata to see if any migrant birds had arrived there.

The fresh water lake was full of ducks!

They were mainly Teals (Kogamoコガモ) and Pintails (Onagagamoオナガガモ), busy preening and...


and eating!

We saw only one Coot (Oobanオオバン) on that day amongst the ducks.

On the mudflat, a lot of herons and egrets were pushed into a narrow area in and around the reedbed as the tide was very high.

A couple of Black-winged Stilts (Seitakashigiセイタカシギ) and

Common Sandpipers (Isoshigiイソシギ) were resting or looking for food on a carpet of seaweed. The seaweed here has been causing a bit of problem as it grows over the water surface and suffocate any creature underneath, and generates stench as well.

4 Black-tailed Godwits (Oguroshigiオグロシギ)

I'm not here! A Grey Heron (Aosagiアオサギ) was standing as if it was a part of the reeds...

On the tops of the wooden poles were resting
Grey Plovers (Daizenダイゼン),

Cormorants (Kawauカワウ) and

Black-tailed Gulls (Uminekoウミネコ). Are you comfy enough?

We only stayed there for an hour and a bit and the high tide didn't help us see as many birds as we could have at the low tide, but still it was a lovely walk and it is always worth a visit. 

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