On December 21, the last day of autumn in Japan, I stopped at a quiet spot on the path between two reservoirs in Ritto City. Perched on top of a tall red pine was the only great egret I have seen recently. Nearly all egrets and herons have migrated south, so it was a pleasant surprise to see this solitary bird on a beautiful day.

Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ)
Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ) at the lower reservoir near Ono Ramp in Ritto City
Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ)
Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ)
Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ)
Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ)

The wooded shoreline along the reservoir is one of the few natural habitats remaining in the area near the Ono Ramp (小野ランプ) intersection, where road construction continues.

Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ)
Great egret (Ardea alba, ダイサギ)

See more bird photos in my Flickr photostream or Birds in Shiga Prefecture, one of my Flickr albums.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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