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 […]

Listening to Pee Wee Baseball Practice

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/pee-wee-baseball-practice On Sundays we can see many activities along the banks of Yasugawa in Ritto and Moriyama. There are several ground golf courses, a golf putting course, tennis and basketball courts, a beautiful track for track & field events, and, in Moriyama downstream from the JR train tracks, a large grassy field for picnics. On […]