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 […]

Egrets and Trains in Late Afternoon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptf_b_e_B5s Egrets and a couple of grey herons hang out in Yasugawa about 600 meters downstream from Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋) where Japan Route 8 crosses the Yasu River in Shiga Prefecture. The Shinkansen is about 1300 meters from the camera, and the JR Tokaido line, which we can see under the Shinkansen tracks, is about […]

Yasugawa Wildlife – August 20-31, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_1BhQo77bo This video shows wildlife in and near Yasugawa between Mikamiyama and Bodaijisan in late August, 2013. We can see crows, egrets, herons, geese (high overhead), cormorants, and a nutria. It was extremely hot during most of this period. I had never seen so many crows and cormorants together. Also, I had no idea that […]

Egrets and Crows at Sunset

http://youtu.be/GlVerIluIkQ Egrets and crows at sunset in Yasugawa. The video was shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and an old Zuiko OM System 300mm lens. Audio levels have been reduced. Sounds include a lot of traffic noise from Yasugawa Ohashi on Japan Route 8 and some puffs of wind. Egrets can be seen along […]