Coots – オオバン

On December 29, 2016, several coots (オオバン) were feeding on moss at the base of a flood control dam on Yasugawa about five kilometers upstream from Lake Biwa. Here in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, I often see coots in still water and slow streams, but I’ve never seen them eating so actively. I happened to be […]

Egrets in Summer

View from Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋) In late July and August 2016 I spent many hours on Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋), a bridge that crosses Yasugawa between Ritto City and Yasu City in Shiga Prefecture, Japan (map). From the sidewalk the view downstream provided a good change to observe large birds, especially great egrets (ダイサギ) as they […]

Oyamakawa in Autumn – 秋の大山川

In November, 2015, I took video clips and photographs of wildlife from along the left bank of a small river, Oyamakawa (大山川), in Omifuji, Yasu City, a short bike ride from my home (map). https://youtu.be/YQocHFBFOhs Video clips were shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk. II camera. I used three Olympus lenses: a 17mm f1.8 […]

Nutria at Yasugawa

On February 10, 2015, I was getting ready to leave Yasugawa in mid-afternoon when a nutria came very close and stopped to eat. In the summer of 2013 I saw a nutria in the wild for the first time along the north bank of Yasugawa, the river that flows near my neighbor on its way […]

New Year Snow 2015

http://youtu.be/5yRT-I1u9II Scenes of a riverbank and nearby fields January 2-5, 2015. Soundtrack from “Relaxing Music” by Sławomir Królik, chafer on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/chafer). Hear the full version embedded below. The first two nights of the New Year, 2015, we had heavy snowfall in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Nearby fields and the Yasugawa riverbank were covered […]