サンコウチョウ巣立ち（とキノコ） / Japanese Paradise Flycatcher leaving the nest (and mushrooms)
It has been a week since the Japanese Paradise Flycatcher chicks hatched. I don’t know how the process is going, as I have to work and am not nearby.
A veteran who knows the area well commented that the nests are often found and attacked by crows and other predators, and that he has never seen a nest safely fledged. One of the reasons for this is that crows can find out the location of the nests due to the large number of watchers that come to the nests.
As I wrote in a previous post, I myself am impressed by the information network of birders and have benefited greatly from it recently. On the other hand, it may be necessary to manage information delicately so as not to have ironic results like the above.
When I went to see how the bird had left the nest, I found that it was already empty. I wondered if the crows had gotten to it, and spent the time taking pictures of mushrooms and the like.
As I was turning back after three hours of being engrossed in photographing mushrooms, I heard a busy chirping a short distance away from the nest. A rushing sound common to chicks begging for food. Could this be Japanese Paradise Flycatcher!
I carefully searched the direction where the voice was coming from, and there it was. The longed-for nesting chicks and its parent birds. I also heard the parent bird’s sound of “hoi hoi hoi”.
The chicks, though few in number to be called a dumpling, are lined up in a friendly row.
A female came to feed.
They are full of energy and begging for food. They seem to be doing well.
The male also arrived. When I checked the nest, there were four chicks, but this time, no matter how hard I looked for them, I found three. One of them must have been attacked or not raised properly. Still, it must have been a good achievement for three chicks to have made it this far in a forest where I was told that no one had ever seen a bird leave the nest.
Two shots again through the trees. I hope they will continue to grow safely and return next year.
This time, thanks to the mushrooms, I was able to see the nesting.
Finally, I finish up with the mushrooms.
Mushrooms growing in a row at the base of a stump, like little jizo statues. I am not sure how to identify the mushrooms (I haven’t gotten around to it), so the species is unknown.
A white mushroom with an elegant atmosphere. By the way, I used a tripod, set the SS at about 1/3 second, and applied the LED light quickly to give the impression of soft light.