On December 13, 2014, I photographed a pair of northern shovelers at Yasugawa near the putting course in Ritto City. They came close as I remained still while I sat under a tree.
I found the name of the species in a book at the Ritto City Public Library (website in Japanese). For quick lookup I find books with photos much quicker than the Web. Our local public library has quite a few books on nature and wildlife in Japan, as well as local geography and history. As my Japanese reading skills improve, I’ll be spending more time at the library.
Note on Twitter embeds: Recently I have been going outdoors nearly every free day. When I get home, I process the photos and upload a few to Twitter. Uploading is easy, and my students and others can see my photos immediately. I’ll post more embedded tweets her on Shiga River soon.