初舞台 the first dance

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明けましておめでとうございます。本年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

Happy New Year!

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78 thoughts on “初舞台 the first dance

    • Hello Julie❤️
      Thanks so much for your kind comment and new year greetings. Apologies for my late reply – I have been away from my blog for a few days.

      I am happy you enjoyed a moment with this charming bird. I will visit and read your latest update very soon 🙂 Wishing you and all your dear ones a blessed, healthy and happy year ahead!

      Best wishes,
      Takami

    • Hello Jolandi,
      Thank you so much for your visit and comment. Apologies for my late reply – I’ve been away from the internet for some days.
      I am happy you enjoyed a moment with this lovely shore bird. Black-winged Stilts were very rare in Japan, but they have been making appearances regularly.
      Wishing you both continued health, love and happiness in 2020❤️

    • Hello Atreyee,
      Thank you so much for your comment and New Year greetings! I am so happy you enjoyed a moment with this charming black-winged stilt 🙂
      Likewise, I wish for you much health, happiness and wonderful photo moments in 2020. I look forward to continue “following” your work this year❤️

      Best wishes,
      Takami

  1. 少し遅くなりましたが
    明けましておめでとうございます。
    セイタカシギはなんとなく優雅で色目がお正月っぽいかな。
    いつも物語が感じられるような画像を拝見するのを楽しみにしたいます。
    本年もよろしくお願い致します。

    • agehamodoki様
      明けましておめでとうございます🌅
      嬉しいコメントを頂きありがとうございます🙇🏻‍♀️
      野鳥観察も写真撮影もまだまだ初心者ですが、
      これからも感謝の気持ちを込めて撮影に
      励んで行きたいと思っております。
      本年もどうぞよろしくお願い致します。

    • あわせかがみさま🌸
      明けましておめでとうございます。
      嬉しいコメントをありがとうございます!
      先日「水辺の貴婦人」セイタカシギに会えてとても嬉しかったです。
      小顔足長モデル体型にお顔も可愛らしく目も優しく、
      羨ましい限りです(笑)
      本年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

    • Thank you Noelle❤️
      Black-winged Stilts are pretty rare birds in Japan, so it’s always a real pleasure to view them. I am in awe of their balance and beautiful long, pink legs 🙂
      Wishing you and your family a very blessed and Happy New Year.

    • Hello Carol,
      Thank you very, very much for your kind blessings. It means so much to us.
      Admittedly, last year was quite a challenging one, but hubby and I are grateful to come out of it stronger, (hopefully!) wiser, and with renewed hope and strength for 2020.
      We wish you and your family a blessed and healthy, happy 2020.

    • 洋子さま🌸
      明けましておめでとうございます🌅
      コメントをいただき、ありがとうございます。
      セイタカシギの赤くて長い脚は綺麗ですね!羨ましいです☺️
      本年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします🙏🙇‍♀️

    • Hello Peter,
      Thank you so much for your warm wishes.
      Hubby and I try to stay away from the “holiday craziness” and appreciate peace and quiet during the winter holidays. I can imagine you feel the same way 🙂
      That being said, we wish you continued health and happiness in the coming year. I hope to make some good crow photos this year 🙂

      All best,
      Takami

    • Hello Mr. David,
      Thank you so much for your comment and observation.
      I also loved how the ripples seemed to ‘follow’ the bird’s line. While it was pure luck, I am happy to have spent some time with this beautiful black-winged stilt.
      Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

      Best wishes,
      Takami

  2. あけましておめでとうございます。
    今年も素晴らしい写真を楽しみにしています。どうぞ宜しくお願いします(^_^)

    • wakasahs15thさま
      明けましておめでとうございます🌅
      こちらこそ、今年もwakasahs15thさんの素敵な
      お写真を心から楽しみにしております。
      本年もご指導の程どうぞよろしくお願いいたします🙏

  3. Lovely shot, Takami. Black-winged Stilts are very, very rare in the UK, although are perhaps slightly more common now than when I began birdwatching several decades ago. One famous bird (who was nicknamed Sammy the Stilt) stayed at a reserve in the east of England for 12 years, dying in 2005. Mrs P and I went to see him once, and got good views. Here is a link to a newspaper article about him https://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/stuart-winter/832056/Obituary-bird-nature-Sammy-black-winged-stilt

    Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

    • Thank you, Mr. Platypus Man!
      So happy you liked this Black-winged Stilt, and many thanks for sharing the article.
      They were also very rare in Japan until the fairly recently. As you can imagine, they were a “birdwatcher’s dream” and spotting one was a real exciting moment.

      We are very blessed that a few of them decided to make their “home” at a nature/bird sanctuary near the Tokyo bay area. It’s always a real joy and pleasure to see them with their distinctive calls and pink legs 🙂

      Sammy the Stilt must have been a very charming and much admired black-winged stilt. I am sorry and sad that he passed away, but it seemed he was much loved and had an overall happy life. I am glad conservation efforts are showing positive results in the area too.

      My husband and I give you and Mrs. Platypus Man our best wishes for a Happy New Year too! 🙂

      • Interesting that Stilts are recent arrivals both in the UK and Japan. Perhaps this is the impact of climate change / global warming?

        I look forward to learning more about Japanese birds from your blog. And thank you for the very kind things you said about my blogs in your other message to me; it is inspiring to know that what I write – and Mrs P’s photos, of course – is of interest to people like yourselves on the other side of the planet. Best wishes to you both.

        • We feel that it is definitely an impact of global warming. And it seems we’re not alone…
          I’ll do my best to spread the love for our avian friends, and with it, a greater appreciation for nature and our fellow humans too 🙂

    • Thank you, kind Sir!
      I am very happy to read a comment from you.
      Wishing you and your family and blessed and healthy, happy 2020.
      本年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

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