Cultivator and Egrets

http://youtu.be/zGh_d2CyX88 Egrets feast on earthworms as a farmer cultivates a flooded field in preparation for rice planting. At the end of April local farmers prepare for rice planting by flooding the fields and cultivating the soil. Rice seedlings are planted in early May. I have seen this preparation and planting many times over the years, […]

Recycling Collection Truck at Hayashi Kita

On May 5, 2014, a quiet and gloomy holiday here in Ritto, the loudest sound was the loudspeaker of a recycling collection truck that slowly drove around the neighborhood. Such trucks often come on Sundays and holidays. I recorded this one at the Hayashi Kita intersection as it made a loop around the Hayashi neighborhood. […]

Swallows Preparing a Nest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNeBr_eLvSU A pair of adult swallows are preparing their nest by improving a nest that was made last year (June 2013) and used once. This video was shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera with a 60mm lens at 2x with the optical teleconverter. I used a small LED light that I to a stairway […]

Swallows at Rest

Two adult swallows are roosting their second night in a nest left over from the previous summer. Last night they were nervous as I moved around nearby, but this evening they seem calmer. One flew away only briefly after I took several photos. They vocalized quietly but did not screech loudly as swallows do when […]

Swallows Return

Swallows have returned to our car port. They have been flying in and out for several days, and this evening two came to roost in a nest was made last June. Last year in July I made some videos of five baby swallows from July 7th, 13th, 19th, 20th, and 21st, when they flew from […]