Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Back when I was trying to take pictures of the first moon rise, I hiked the trail at the foot of Shiroyama, which brought me down to the north end of the hill, at the back of the Reimeikan history museum. The museum has a small park on the other side of a fence from the trail. As I approached it, I saw a small orange bird sunning itself on a rock. Before I could get to my big camera, it flew off. 4 days later, the weather was good and I had to go to the conversation school in the afternoon. I grabbed the big camera and brought it with me. After the class, I returned to Reimeikan, which is only a few blocks from the school, and stalked the park, hoping to get some photos worth posting to the blog.
Along the way, I swung by the International Center, where I saw this guy out on the front lawn. I don't know what kind of bird he/she is, but I like watching them fly, and I've really wanted to get a good shot of one. He was really hard to frame, because he never stood in one place for more than a couple seconds.
In the park. Can you spot the bird?
It's another mejiro.
There weren't that many birds in the park, and several of them flew off before I could get a good picture of them. So, I spent a lot of time just standing in the middle of the park, slowly turning around, trying to catch signs of movement.
Can you spot the bird?
This one might be a bit easier.
Pigeons are everywhere here, but this one kind of stands out.
I would have stayed in the park longer, but an Italian tourist visiting Kagoshima for a few days walked up to me and started to talk, so I ended up acting as a tour guide for the next hour. So, I'll just have to wait for the next good weather day, and try again. I'll get you yet, little orange bird!