18 March 2011

One week on..............

A Great Egret on the river near my apartment this morning.

It's one week since the earthquake. The unease regarding the Fukushima Power Plant, the grief and sadness after all those people died and the memories of those shocking scenes as the waves hit is shredding everyone's nerves.

Walking round the neighbourhood checking the birds takes my mind of such things. Slightly.

There have been 2 Great Egrets on the river for a while now. Normally they are very skittish and fly off as soon as they see me but today one of them ignored me and I could watch it fishing..........

It was only catching tiddlers............

It seemed to be shivering a lot. It must have been very hungry to have been bothering with such tiny fish...........

I've been hoping the Crossbills would be around but no sign of them anywhere. There are small flocks of Brambling, Hawfinch and Siskin................

And some Long Tailed Rosefinch...........a bird I can never get a decent shot of.

Also around are Little Grebe, Red Breasted Merganser, Goldeneye, Scaup, Coal Tit, Dusky Thrush and Daurian Redstart.

Let's hope the weekend brings some better news. The Power Plant under control and warmth, medicine and hot food for the survivors would be a good start.



  1. I think you are right to try and get back to some sort of normality Stu, even in such a horrific scenario for the Japanese nation. It surely hepls to take a liitle of your mind off the situation.

  2. Like you, Stu, I hope that the Japanese Authorities can sort out the Nuclear Power Station and the food and shelter for Tsunami survivors soon. Having such a big tragedy on your doorstep must be disturbing, too.

  3. Thanks for the comments, it looks like things are improving at last.......

  4. Nice shot of the Long-tailed Rosefinch. I've only seen a female. Gotta look for it!


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