Jay Birding around Kansai- Wakayama 和歌山赏鸟

Finally got to end of writing my Kansai Trip report! Phew!!!!!! To make it short, I did not go to the Wakayama Port but to the Wakayama city instead! It was a very very (I cannot stress enough) cold morning with high wind speed! When I exited the train station, that strong gust of wind nearly blew me off my feet! Walking against the wind wasn’t easy for me (cough)…but I was very determined to cross the street! Why?? It was because I saw my first ever Blue Rock Thrush! For many birders, its a common bird, but it was a lifer for me!

blue rock thrush

blue rock thrush

The blue rock thrush tried to fly in a trajectory path but with strong head wind, it was “blown” away..so far away that even if I had wings…I couldn’t even chase after it! XD

Wakayama is a great place for onsen (hot springs) but I had other plans…hehe! I went to the Wakayama Castle! There were some trails that lead up to the castle itself…!

Along the trails, I saw Japanese Grosbeaks, Spot Billed ducks, Japanese wagtail, Grey wagtail, Tufted ducks, etc… but what actually caught my attention was a warbler-The Japanese Bush Warbler! 😛

Japanese bush warbler!

Japanese bush warbler!

spot billed duck

spot billed duck

I was really hoping to see a Japanese bunting in Japan…but I only saw the black faced bunting when I crossed the historical wood bridge at the Wakayama Castle! Outside the castle, I saw also a common buzzard and a dusky thrush…!

black faced bunting

black faced bunting

common buzzard

common buzzard

dusky thrush

dusky thrush

Jay Birding around Kansai- Nara 奈良赏鸟

Waking up early on a cold cold morning was not easy at all for a birder! By 7 am, I was already waiting at the platform for the train heading towards Nara. My place of destination- The Nara Park! 😛

When I arrived at the park, I was quickly greeted by hungry deers-not one, but a huge number, all wanting a piece of the biscuit I bought! 😛 Perhaps it was a mistake to buy them biscuits as they followed me everywhere!

deers in Nara Park

deers in Nara Park

Well, no matter how cute these deers looked, I still had to look for my birds! There were more species here than in Osaka, and despite the cold weather they came out for their breakfast! As I walked towards Todaiji Temple in the park, a flock of tiny birds caught my eye. I tried to chase them down…while deers chased after me (still)! These Long Tailed Tits were fast moving, but I eventually took some photos of them..!

Long tailed tits

Long tailed tits

long tailed tit

long tailed tit

As the Long Tailed Tits roosted on a tall tree, I saw something on the tree trunk, slowly moving up. I held my breath and sneaked closer…its a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker! I just can’t believe my luck! 😛

japanese pygmy woodpecker

japanese pygmy woodpecker

japanese pygmy woodpecker

japanese pygmy woodpecker

Some green backed tits and Varied tits soon came along to join the party! It was a lovely morning walk, and as I headed back to the main street for my tofu lunch, snowflakes came down and the view was a blanket of mist! That awesome moment felt like kisses sent down from the sky! hehe!

Varied tit

Varied tit

Nara park trees in winter

Nara park trees in winter