Water birds of October

November 2nd, 2017

During October this year, a few typhoons passed to the east of us here in Fukuoka, and they brought with them many cloudy and rainy  days.  So I was very happy when Halloween day, (a day off for me) was predicted to have clear skies.  I found myself setting up a blind just as the sun was coming over the horizon at Tataragawa estuary.  The tide was just beginning to ebb, and all sorts of birds were flying to and fro, and I was especially delighted to see some Black-faced spoonbills preparing for their flight south. My spot turned out to be a good one, as the spoonbills flew low and close to my blind on numerous occasions. I also counted five different osprey fishing, and various species of ducks in the area. It turned out to be a magical morning, and I found myself smiling at the show nature put on for me.

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