Near the end of November bird photography becomes even more interesting in the southern part of Shiga Prefecture. Some larger birds, including most egrets, herons, and cormorants, fly south for the winter, but winter migrants appear, and some species that live here throughout the year seem more prominent and attractive as the temperatures drop and the days become shorter.
White wagtails (ハクセキレイ), Eurasian tree sparrows (スズメ), and Japanese black kites (トビ) seem most attractive in late autumn sunlight.
In fall mallard (マガモ) males display their bright breeding plumage dramatic contrast to the intricately mottled feathers of females.
Small birds in trees and bushes become more visible in late fall, even though quite a lot of foliage remains. Recently a Japanese tit (シジュウカラ), several Japanese white-eye (メジロ), and two Pygmy woodpeckers (コゲラ) appeared very to me at Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (守山市 鳩の森公園).
In late autumn we begin to see migratory birds that winter here, including Daurian redstarts (ジョウビタキ), olive-backed pipits (ビンズイ), and dusky thrushes (ツグミ).
As winter comes to southern Shiga Prefecture, I hope to see more creatures like this beautiful bull-headed shrike (モズ) on the branch of a cherry tree at Sakura Ryokuchi Park in Yasu City.
See more bird photos in my Flickr photostream or Birds in Shiga Prefecture, one of my Flickr albums. (My photos may be downloaded and used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).)