立ち会い hello, world

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8 years have passed since starting this blog. I sincerely appreciate your friendship and encouragement throughout the years. Thank you.

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74 thoughts on “立ち会い hello, world

  1. What a fantastic series of photos giving us insight into the nesting world of these grebes. I really enjoy how you capture the context within which birds go about their lives.
    Congrats also on eight years of blogging!

    • Hello Carol,
      Thanks so much for your comment. I try my best to provide a context and glimpse into the lives of our birds, so I am delighted to see that this is revealed in the images 🙂

      The Little Grebes are probably the smallest of the Grebe family of birds (adults are 26cm in length), but like all wildlife they are extremely resilient and strong. I also love how both parents raise the babies – you can really enjoy the family dynamics.

      Much appreciate your warm Congrats on 8 years of blogging. I never imagined I would keep up with it for so long, and am grateful for all the encouraging comments 🙂

      • The Little Grebes certainly are fascinating and lovely to see their family behaviour.
        Eight years of blogging is a great achievement and I really enjoy your photographs and insights.

  2. Welcome, little grebes. And best of luck to you!

    How exciting for you to have found the grebelets (I don’t think it’s an official word, but it should be one), Takami. I always feel so privileged when I gain insight into a nest.

    All the best,

    • Hello Tanja,
      Thank you for stopping by and greeting the grebelets (I agree – it should be an official English word 🙂). Like you, I feel very privileged when I can get some insight into their home.

      Warm wishes always,

  3. Congratulations on eight years of blogging, Takami. Thank you for sharing your photos and photography with us. You really have a talent for taking photos and showing us the beauty of wildlife and nature. These two photos are no exception – brilliantly done. Hope you are doing okay over there 🙂

    • Hello Mabel,
      How nice to hear from you 🙂 Your warm congrats are much appreciated and I’m so glad to have met you and many wonderful folks by sharing our work over the years.

      Thanks for spending some time with our local birds and hope you and your family are continuing to take care and stay safe. I hope that the global situation will improve and that better times lie ahead for all of us. Take care 🙂

      • Always a pleasure to come round and spend some time with your local birds, Takami. You’ve taken so many photos of birds and always manage to capture them in their element, never a same shot. Beautiful. Stay safe 🙂

  4. Hello World, and Hello Takami ~ congratulations on the 8 years of blogging and sharing with us your beautiful photos over this time. It is always surprising how quickly time has passed as I think I started blogging right around the time you did. It has been fun and inspiring to see how your work continues to amaze. And these shots you share here are beautiful. Wishing you a great week ahead, and a wonderful autumn season, Takami. Take care ~

    • Hello Randall,

      What a pleasant surprise – thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment 🙂 I of course remember coming across your beautiful blog and being motivated by your stunning images and writing. I recall how you were quite generous with your comments back then too 😉

      Much has happened during these 8 years, and I am grateful for the warm support and friendships developed, and how we encourage and inspire each other in further developing our craft.

      The past 2 years were quite challenging for all, but here’s hoping to a light at the end of the tunnel and better times for everyone ahead.

      All our best to you and your dear ones, and please take care!

    • Hello Thomas,
      Thank you for spending a moment with this family of tiny water birds, and for your warm words.

      I am honored if my photos can have even a small positive impact when you view them. It’s feedback like yours that encourage me to keep up with photography and this blog – thank you.

      All best from Japan,

  5. Congratulations Takami!
    It has been such a treat getting to know you through your sublime photography and to see nature through your eyes. I have appreciated your kindness, your generosity to your readers, and your gentle thoughts. Happy anniversary. May this find you safe and well.

    • Hello Atreyee,
      Likewise it’s a real treat and pleasure to follow your beautiful and thoughtful work throughout the years!

      Having the opportunity to connect and communicate with wonderful folks like you, makes me very glad that I keep up with this blog 🙂

      Wishing you continued health and happiness my friend!

    • Thank you for your kind words. I feel honored if my photos can remind you of poetry 🙂 When I read your poetry (via translation tool), I can feel their melody and beauty. I regret that I do not speak Spanish, but I hope you know your writings sound beautiful in Japanese.

      Thank you again, and please stay safe.

  6. Hi Takami, happy anniversary! I sincerely appreciate your friendship and encouragement too, and your wonderful photos! Your blog is one of my favorites to visit, both because of your content and your lovely personality 🙂

    • Hello Josh! 🙂
      What a surprise 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, and for leaving such nice words 🙂 Likewise your friendship and encouragement is much appreciated and it means a lot to know that my little blog is one of your favorites.

      It’s been a crazy 2 years for all, but I am hoping that you are continuing to stay safe and well and look forward to your updates whenever you are willing to share. Take care and my best wishes to you always! Stay in touch 🙂

  7. Congratulations on your 8th Blogging anniversary Takami. A beautiful little family shot of the Grebes. Birds seem to thrive so well with so little, they are teach us so much. Your photos are always a delight.

    • Thank you Ash! I am blessed to read your comment this morning.

      I am happy you enjoyed a moment with our little grebes. Everyone was holding their breath (first photo) and we all let out a sigh of relief – followed by quiet exclamations of joy – when the chick emerged from the egg (second photo). While it looked so tiny and frail, it was soon climbing on to the parent’s back and receiving food (third photo).

      As you say, our avian friends seem to survive and thrive with so few material things, and are a huge inspiration.

      Your comments mean a lot, and my husband and I wish you and your wife a blessed second half to the week. I’ll be catching up on your blog article and sending an update soon 🙂

    • Hello Noelle! As always I’m delighted you decided to stop by 🙂

      I am happy you recognize our Little Grebes! To answer your question, the nest is safe in that the parent grebes are continuously “fixing” and fortifying it (so that it doesn’t sink or wash away) until the chicks are strong enough to leave it.

      The baby grebes can float and swim from birth, however, as they have “baby feathers” and cannot dive like their parents, often rely on the nest and piggy-backing their parents to stay afloat 🙂 They grow very quickly however, and are soon able to leave the nest and swim to their heart’s content.

      Thanks again, and all our best to you and all your dear family.

    • Hello Bruce,
      Thank you for your warm congrats! I appreciate your kind and loyal support of my photo blog throughout the years. I enjoy reading your articles on comics (and Wonder Woman :)) and sincerely look forward to following for many years to come.

      Best wishes from Japan,

    • Hello Pamela, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I always enjoy your writing (and shady quips ;)) so it’s a real pleasure to know that you enjoy some of my photographs too.

      All best from Japan,

  8. Hi Takami. Lovely grebe, such a handsome bird! Hope you are keeping well. Congratulations on your 8th anniversary. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you a bit, courtesy of our WordPress blogs and shared interest in birds. Best wishes to you.

    • Hello Mr. P, so happy to receive your warm comment! I am glad you enjoyed our local “dabchicks” 🙂 I agree, they are such beautiful birds, and the chicks are adorable. Likewise, it is a real pleasure to get to know you (and Milky Bar) through your wonderful blog and through birding. All our best to you and Mrs. P 🙂

      • We also refer to them as “Dabchicks” as well as “Little Grebes” – the names seem to be interchangeable. Milky Bar sends his best wishes – he visited us just a few minutes ago and happily wolfed down a large helping of chicken-flavoured cat treats, He has a very big appetite! 😺

        • Thank you Mr. P, yes, I learned the word Dabchick from a UK-based birder 🙂 I am relieved I remembered correctly.

          Doubly happy to hear that Milky Bar remembers me, and that he had a nice meal – what a lucky cat 😀

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