Japan 2005

I was going through a box of 'bits' about an hour ago and found a couple of CD's with photos of one of my various trips to Japan in the early 2000's. These were from 2005. One or two interesting shots of the local wildlife were tucked away amongst the various shrines and temples. Hopefully someone can ID the birds and maybe that snake.

Are these Mandarin Ducks? The colours don't look quite right.

Some type of Teal maybe?

The previous photos were all taken at the far north of Hokkaido, this feral kitten was in the peace park in Nagasaki, From one end of the country to the other.

Koi carp in the river in Nagasaki

No wildlife here, just me with the locals, somewhere near Hiroshima.

I think this might have been near Nara. I'd love to go back at some point and concentrate on the wildlife.

Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

(One bush does not shelter two Robins)

Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

 

  • Hi MC

    the ducks are Harlequin- check my Avatar:)

    I also see Brown Dipper

    S

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  • In reply to seymouraves:

    Thanks for the ID. Very attractive duck.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • The red and grey bird is apparently a Rock Thrush.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • I wonder if the raptor could be a Black Eared Kite?

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • monkeycheese said:
    Hopefully someone can ID the birds and maybe that snake.

    Possibly non-venemous Rat Snake?

     

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  • A lovely selection of photos MC.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Apart from the kitten I can't help MC ! but hope you get a chance to return in the near future.

    Lot to learn

  • Lovely photos, Paul, and lovely memories for you. Hope you can go back one day. I've only just seen this thread and am very chuffed that I looked at your first photo and thought 'Harlequin Duck,' not to mention that I also am amazed to have known one you did not know!

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • I visited Japan in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. I really would like to return there again one day, but in the current situation that won't be any time soon. I will have to do a lot of saving up too. I was in a much better paid job back then. I'd also have to find a temporary home for Quo, my post-PMV domesticated pigeon. I'm not sure how she would react to a three week separation. For now, I have photos and hours and hours of video footage by which to remember those previous visits.
    Hopefully someone can ID that raptor before then.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)