恋の季節 could this be love?

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70 thoughts on “恋の季節 could this be love?

  1. Hello Takami.

    Yes, love at the first sight! Excellent photo. I just think You did find them among the grass! Thank You sharing this photo with us.

    Have a wonderful day!

    • Hello Matti,
      Thank you for your nice words.
      These are “green Pheasants” – Japan’s national bird. They are usually very shy, but it’s easier to discover them in Spring. These male & female green pheasants are my “neighbours” – they live near my house and I’m happy to say hello to them everyday 🙂

    • Thank you Atreyee! I’m glad you enjoyed our national bird.
      It took all my willpower to not laugh (and keep the camera steady) when I saw the male’s expression 😀 He was trying very, very hard to impress the females.

  2. From your comments I see that this is Japan’s national bird, Takami. What striking colours the male has, especially in this photograph, contrasting with the yellow grass. I agree with you that it is a pity they are still allowed to be hunted.

    • Hello Jolandi,
      Thanks much for your visit and appreciation for our national bird. The male does have striking colours, yet it’s amazing how easily he will melt away into the surrounding environment. They are such lovely, shy birds, with some personality as well. It is a real pity they are considered “fair game” for hunting…
      As always, I always enjoy updates on your wonderful blogs! 🙂

  3. A great shot of springtime love and romance, Takami 🙂 An excellent capture ~ you have a great gift of capturing wildlife at its best. Wishing you a great spring as well.

    • Hello Randall,
      How lovely you could stop by! And as always, thank you for your generous praise.

      The green pheasant is Japan’s national bird, and the males tend to strut their stuff and look especially “pompous” in Spring. They are usually quite shy and skittish – sadly, it is still legal to hunt them during a limited season a few months a year…

      I learn so much from amazing photographers’ work, including your stunning views. I do hope you’re doing well!

    • Hello dear Inese ❤
      So happy to see your visit. The male indeed was aiming to be the "head of the harem" – he was very determined 😀
      Green pheasants are our national bird, but they are usually very skittish and shy. Spring is one of the few times they (especially the males) become more bold 🙂

      • I think I have seen a green pheasant only once, and may be I am wrong. The colour is so beautiful, and he looks like a king 🙂
        Our common pheasant males are beautiful too, especially in spring. Thank you for sharing your national bird ❤

  4. What a great title for this photo. I take that the male is the colourful one. He has such a quizzical expression and dead centre of this shot too 😂 Excellent capture 🙂

    • Hello Mabel!
      Yes, you’re correct, the male is the one showing off his green feathers. This is a pair of Green Pheasants – Japan’s national bird. They are usually very shy and skittish, but show more of themselves in Spring. I’m happy you liked this photo 🙂

  5. Love! I did not know they were your national bird. Growing up, there used to be a version of pheasant living wild in our area. Believe it was called the “ring neck” After some severe winters and too many coyote’s I rarely see them. Take care. DM

    • Hello Mr. DM 🙂
      Very happy to receive a comment from you!
      Yes indeed, green Pheasants are Japan’s national bird. They are very skittish and shy, which is not a surprise since they are still considered “fair game” for hunting… 😦 Spring is the one time when they (especially the males) show themselves more.

      It is my understanding that “ring-necked” pheasants were brought over to the US, as potential game for hunting. I can imagine it must have been a lovely sight to see them in your area. Again, thank you for your visit and comment 🙂

      • You are correct. the ring-necked pheasants were introduced to our area for game hunting. That’s too bad your national bird is “fair game”. Something not quite right about that…. 🙂 Good to hear from you too! DM

    • Thank you Carol!
      Green pheasants are Japan’s national bird. However, they are very skittish and wary of humans – unfortunately due to the fact they are considered “fair game” during hunting season.

      Mating season is one of the few times the males especially become “bold” and show off their bright green colors to the females. This couple is my “neighbor” and they were very patient to allow me a few shots 🙂

        • I hope I didn’t bore you with the long response! I’m just very happy that folks enjoy these beautiful birds. I’ve been following these pheasants for a few years now…perhaps they tolerate my presence for a few moments 😀

          • Ah, Takami, I appreciate hearing more about the birds and nature you photograph and your experiences while doing so. Learning to see and understand the world through other lenses is fascinating. ❤

    • wakasahs15th様、こんにちは🌸
      コメントありがとうございます!!
      警戒心の強い「キジ」ですが、
      先日運よく素敵な場面を撮影することができました^^
      こちらのキジ夫婦は毎日仲良く(?)過ごしています🙂

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