Showing posts with label bird. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bird. Show all posts

Friday, October 18, 2013

More Avian manholes


It turns out that birds are quite a common design element in Japanese manhole designs.
Previous posts showing some can be found here. and here.

This first one is from the small island of Teshima in the Akinada Sea off of Hiroshima, and the bird is a cormorant.


This one is from Musashi Town, now a part of Kunisaki City in Oita. It depicts a pair of Mejiro, Japanese White-Eyes. For a photo of real Mejiro see this post


Sanko Town, now a part of Nakatsu City in Oita has a pair of Japanese Bush warblers, Uguisu, in Japanese. Strangely the town bird is the Mejiro.


Nago Town on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa features a pair of Ryukyu Mejiro.


Ishigaki City on the same island features an Akashobin, Ruddy Kingfisher in English. Common throughout east and southeast Asia it is quite rare in Japan.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More Manhole birds


A unique bird is featured on the manhole for Nankoku in Kochi, the Onaga Dori, or Long tailed Cock has the longest feathers in the world that have been known to reach 10 meters in length. The birds have been bred here since the early Edo Period. The local daimyo used to use the feathers to decorate spears carried in his processions to Edo.


Haruno, also in Kochi features what I believe is a Japanese Wagtail, but I may be mistaken...


Ozu, in Ehime Prefecture, like Miyoshi in Hiroshima, still practise the ancientbart of fishing with cormorants...


In Kurayoshi, Tottori, a type of duck is featured.... I have been unable to find out why


Finally, Yuu in Yamaguchi features a kingfisher, kawasemi. There are numerous species of Kingfisher, but I presume this is the Common Kingfisher.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Manhole Birds


Toyono Town in Kumamoto Prefecture uses an image of the ugusui, Japanese Bush-warbler.


Up in Matsue, Shimane soem of the smaller draincovers around the castle moat feature the swan, hakucho in Japanese.


Saijo City in Ehime on Shikoku features a pair of kingfishers, kawasemi in Japanese.


Susaki in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku also featurtes a kingfisher.


Noichi, also in Kochi, no longer officially exists as it has been merged into a new municipality of Kamita. Among the daffodils flies a Hibari, skylark

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tsubame Japanese Swallows


The local railways station, (5 trains a day in each direction) is a small wooden structure that is home to a colony of swallows.


From late spring its enjoyable to stand and wait for a train while watching the swallows acrobatically swooping around catching bugs to feed to their young safely ensconced in the numerous nests in the waiting room and under the platform roof.


They may be barn Swallows, Im not sure, but I believe they are not migratory.


I quite like the impresionistic effect that is created by photographing them at a slower shutter speed.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Japanese White-eye


This little guy flew straight into our window and dropped like a stone. We put him in the shade up high out of reach of the local cats and an hour later it was gone, so I presume it was OK.

In Japanese it is known as mejiro, which means white eye.

It is common throughout Japan and most of East Asia, It was kept as a caged bird because of its song.

Introduced into Hawaii for pest control in the early twentieth century, it is now a dominant species there.