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 […]

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 […]

Winter Birds at Yasugawa

Yasugawa (Yasu River) in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, is a short walk from my house. Since the beginning of winter I’ve been spending a lot of time along the river, trying to photograph wildlife, mostly birds. I spent so much time taking photos and trying to learn the names of birds that I fell […]

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 […]