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.

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 […]

Carp in Yasugawa

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, carp were spawning in shallow water in the north fork of Yasugawa just above the Japan Route 8 bridge (Yasugawa Ohashi). I made some video clips of the scene and produced short movie. https://youtu.be/6EJWvpZydtE The location can seen on the map below. The satellite image is quite old. The main […]

Audio Recording in a Bamboo Grove: Japanese Bush Warbler, Pheasant, and Crows

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, I took a mid-afternoon mountain bike ride along the north side of Yasugawa from the Japan Route 8 bridge up to the Meishin Expressway. Near the river an unused dirt road runs through a bamboo grove before it becomes a single path just downriver from the Meishin Expressway. It had […]

Kingfisher Movie

http://youtu.be/Fge9UwvyubE This movie includes video clips and still photographs of a kingfisher at Yasugawa in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. All scenes show the same bird photographed in Deba, Ritto City, December 21-30, 2014. (Actually, the bird may be hunting in Yasu City since it’s on the north bank of the river.) Nearly every day I walked […]