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KasiaGanderska-Someya Mealybug
Mealybug commented on by KasiaGanderska-Someya 2122, New South Wales, Australia12 years ago

No 100% sure but they look like a larva of some kind of ladybug.
Here is for example a larva photo of Epilachma admirabilis (sorry, I couldn't find an english name, they have 10 black spots and are quite big, for a ladybugs.)
The page is in Japanese, but if you navigate down, you will sea a picture of a larva that looks really alike to those on your photo.

KasiaGanderska-Someya Aleutian Cackling Goose
Aleutian Cackling Goose commented on by KasiaGanderska-Someya 印西市 (Inzai), 関東 (Kanto Region), Japan12 years ago

To Emma:
Thanks! I didn't know about this mission :-)

To Birding For Fun:
There were three swans species, hope I'm not messing up english names: Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii) - this one is pretty popular in winter in Japan, Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbines columbines) which is pretty rare and only few birds like 3 or 4 can be found with tens of the Bewick's, and as you said - Whooper Swans.
Also, there was a pretty number of pintails.

KasiaGanderska-Someya European Herring Gull (juvenile)
European Herring Gull (juvenile) commented on by KasiaGanderska-Someya 氷見市(Himi), Toyama, Japan12 years ago

Definitely not Black tailed because of the beak (they have half pink half black as juv.) and pink legs, rather young European Herring Gull, they are pretty popular in Japan.

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