A pair of Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ) is spending this winter in Tsuji, Ritto City. On February 27, 2020, they were calmly swimming, sometimes walking, up the irrigation canal that crosses under Shiga Prefectural Route 11. They allowed me to approach closely enough to take some photos before they flew away.

Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed duck (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed duck (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)
Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ)

There is something soothing about a pair of ducks calmly swimming, especially when they are not feeding. Unlike urban wildlife, ducks in the countryside usually take flight when humans approach, but sometimes they allow someone to observe them closely.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University (1977-2020). Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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