Butterflies in Late June

June and early July is Rainy Season in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Many days are gloomy, but now and then the sun appears. The countryside is very green, with rice plants growing in nearby fields and wild vegetation everywhere. Many kinds of insects and spiders appear. This June I often went outdoors with a macro lens […]

Carp in Yasugawa

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, carp were spawning in shallow water in the north fork of Yasugawa just above the Japan Route 8 bridge (Yasugawa Ohashi). I made some video clips of the scene and produced short movie. https://youtu.be/6EJWvpZydtE The location can seen on the map below. The satellite image is quite old. The main […]

Audio Recording in a Bamboo Grove: Japanese Bush Warbler, Pheasant, and Crows

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, I took a mid-afternoon mountain bike ride along the north side of Yasugawa from the Japan Route 8 bridge up to the Meishin Expressway. Near the river an unused dirt road runs through a bamboo grove before it becomes a single path just downriver from the Meishin Expressway. It had […]

Lonely Crow in a Pine Tree

On March 30, 2015, a solitary crow perched in a pine tree and cooed for several minutes. I’d never watched a crow do that before, so made a short video recording. The bird appeared to be calling for companionship. https://youtu.be/O4gUCYAYl0U Location Yasugawa Sports Park in Ritto City (滋賀県 栗東市 野洲川運動公園) includes a small grove of […]

Goosanders [common mergansers] (カワイサ) in Yasugawa

At the beginning of March, 2015, a small flock of goosanders [common mergansers], カワイサ (kawaisa in Japanese) appeared at Yasugawa near my home, about 12km upstream from Biwako. I’ve often seen these birds at Lake Biwa, but I’d never seen them this far upstream in Yasugawa. They stayed at a distance, but on March 8 […]