Thursday 8 January 2015


A big chunk of the bank of Oyumi-ike was washed away by a strong typhoon last year and the re-construction work started, which has made the south-side of the pond more like mudflats.

I'd never seen so many egrets and herons in this place before.
 a Great Egret (Daisagiダイサギ)
 a Grey Heron (Aosagiアオサギ)
 a Little Egret (Kosagiコサギ)

A Common Sandpiper (Isoshigiイソシギ) was making the most of the muddy patch.
and so was a White Wagtail (Hakusekireiハクセキレイ).

In the north pond, quite a few ducks were resting.

Some were coming up to me, looking hopeful:) I didn't have anything on me though;

Spotbilled Ducks (Karugamoカルガモ)
a male Teal (Kogamoコガモ)
A female Bull-headed Shrike (Mozuモズ) was hunting quietly and caught something in the stubble, then flew into the thicket.
A flock of Tree Sparrows (Suzumeスズメ) looked cautious when the shrike was around.

It was a chilly but pleasant morning by the pond.

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