26 February 2010


セグロカモメ(Herring Gull)
Choshi, the easternmost city in Chiba prefecture, is the best place to see gulls. However the day I visited Choshi was unusually warm and calm for February. I don't know if it was because of that, or this year is just happened to be an unlucky year, the number of gulls was not as large as we had expected; still so many.
Most of them are Black-tailed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls but if you look carefully, you will find some other species, such as Common Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Glaucous Gull...and if you watch really carefully, you will notice the existence of Thayer's Gull.

One of the biggest points to distinguish gulls is the color of the under side of primary feather, I learned. At first, I couldn't even understand why people can see the color of such a difficult place. Distinguishing gulls is a crazy hobby indeed!

25 February 2010


クロガモ(Common Scoter)


14 February 2010


Happy Valentine's Day!

13 February 2010


メジロ(Japanese White-eye)
The bird was dead in front of my place. I haven't found out the cause of death yet but I sketched and weighed it.
It only weighed 10 grams...no wonder White-eyes can perch on the fruit of Chocolate vine.

5 February 2010


On the oral presentation day of my graduation thesis, Tokyo area was totally covered with snow for the first time this winter. I remember listening to my seniors' presentation two years ago, on a snowy day.