9/10/17 I had often heard the loud call of the Chinese bamboo partridge, (kojukei in Japanese) and gotten a few glimpses of them from a distance, but I have never been able to get a photo of one until last week. They are extremely wary birds, and run off into the underbrush as soon as they see a human. They also fly quite well, and I have spooked them into flight a few times. This day, I was walking slowly on the road around Yamagami Dam and was almost back to my car, when I saw a male Chinese bamboo partridge run into some creeping vines along with a few females on the left side of the road. This was their closest cover to escape into, but the cedar forests they prefer to forage in were across the road on the right. I guessed they might cross the road after some minutes if I remained motionless. My camera was on the tripod, so I just folded out the legs and waited. Sure enough, after five minutes or so, the male emerged first, glanced around and dashed across the road. I heard him clucking to the females, and they soon followed in likewise fashion.
Bamboo partridge call; link below.
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I have often wondered what this flower is. A few days ago, a student of mine found out for me. It is called “yaburan” in Japanese and lily turf or border grass in English. As the name suggests, it is used as ground cover in yards or along walkways. The long, slender green leaves are not shown in this photo.
I also went to Shikanoshima recently, and took a few photos of the blue rock thrush,(isohiyodori in Japanese) an Asian brown flycatcher,(kosamebitaki) and some barn swallows, (tsubame).
Finally, beautiful Luna just before she sank behind the clouds.