|I guess this is a female Narcissus Flycatcher|
Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan
May 3, 2014
Don’t let these beautiful birds fool you, I’ve been rather miserable for the last week. We had a nice start to the four day Golden Week holidays last Saturday morning, arriving at Junsai-ike before 8:30am. It was nice sitting beneath the blooming trees but most of these photographs were taken in about a 20 minute period just after 1:30pm when I could see small insects coming out of the trees and bringing the birds.
We went to a nice restaurant that evening and my nose began to run.
I don’t remember the two middle days of the holidays but I did lots of sneezing and couldn’t sleep well for a blocked nose.
Tuesday was the last day of the holidays so we went back to Junsai-ike for more but I got only a single shot of the Blue-and-white Flycatcher sitting on a small waterfall just 5 minutes after we arrived - the final picture in this set, which I have framed for you.
We sat, walked and watched again to about 1:30, but no more birds appeared. In the meantime my cold was becoming unbearable with sneezing and shivers and running nose. I took off my glasses and gasped to see them coated in yellow, sticky, dusty, pollen. Time to call the holidays to an end. I realised, it wasn't a cold.
|Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler|
May 6, 2014
May 6, 2014
|"Oruri" - "The Colour Earth" Junsai-ike, May 6, 2014|