Grey herons and great egrets in December – 12月のアオサギとダイサギ

From late March until mid October the rivers and fields near my home in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, are full of grey herons and great egrets. In autumn they fly south. By late November nearly all of them have gone, but each year a few remain. This December, 2015, I’ve seen at least one grey heron […]

Small Birds in December

December is a good month for bird photography here in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Several species of small migratory birds begin to appear along with birds that we can see all year. Most of the birds shown here are winter birds. This December I photographed some of these species for the first time.

Video: Yasugawa at Deba

https://youtu.be/HHsETDPFHhQ Yasugawa egrets and herons, black kites, crows, and cormorants at Deba, Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Shot with 200mm and 300mm Olympus (manual) lenses and an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk. II camera. on August 9 & 10, 2015. Music: Stargazers Pt. 1 by Ben Timm, The Official Karian. License: Creative Commons Attribution. In early […]

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 […]

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 […]