Northern Shovelers

Winter brings more ducks to local ponds and wetlands. A shallow reservoir near Ono Ramp in Ritto City attracts northern shovelers (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ), which are conspicuous with their huge spatulate bills. They feed on aquatic invertebrates by shoveling water and mud and straining out their food. Their feeding can be very energetic, as we […]

Birds and Woodlands

On January 4, 2019, I rode my mountain bike (Araya Muddy Fox 650B) to Kibogaoka Culture Park (滋賀県希望が丘文化公園). Along the way I stopped to photograph several birds, beginning with a white wagtail (ハクセキレイ) beside a field near my home. In Omifuji, Yasu City, a grey heron (アオサギ) was strolling in Oyamakawa (大山川). While I watched […]

Rain Lilies

In our garden several varieties of rain lilies (Zephyranthes, ゼフィランサス) bloom from early June through September. I enjoy looking at them each morning, but I had not fully appreciated their beauty until I watched them in the rain. https://gpjp.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/rainlilies-hdv23.mp4 In addition to the sound of rain hitting my umbrella, I used the most appropriate rain […]

Little Egrets at Yasugawa

Little egrets (コサギ) are very active at Yasugawa (野洲川) in early August. When conditions are just right, many little egrets and a few great egrets (ダイサギ) and grey herons (アオサギ) feed on small aquatic creatures at the weir between Moriyama City on the left bank and Yasu City on the right. I recorded some of […]

Japanese Wagtail

On January 25, 2018, I saw a Japanese wagtail (Motacilla grandis, セグロセキレイ) in a small irrigation canal. The bird’s injured right foot did not prevent it from actively foraging in the shallow water as light snow fell. In addition to several video clips, I took a few still photos of the bird. The plowed fields […]