Cormorants, Egrets, and Herons in Spring

http://youtu.be/WIphWd3AQzY Cormorants, egrets, and herons actively feed on fish in Yasugawa near Shinjo-cho, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan. This area, just downstream from where Shiga Prefectural Route 48 crosses the river, teems with life. It is not yet “developed” for ground golf or other recreational activities, although many people walk nearby. In late spring and summer quite […]

May Evening in Moriyama

http://youtu.be/QQ3xIghIMzQ As it passes through Moriyama to Lake Biwa, Yasugawa nourishes fields or barley and rice, separated from the river by a high embankment. Although it’s only a short walk from the river to the fields, the embankment makes a border between two worlds: wild on one side and pastoral on the other. These scenes […]

Cultivator and Egrets

http://youtu.be/zGh_d2CyX88 Egrets feast on earthworms as a farmer cultivates a flooded field in preparation for rice planting. At the end of April local farmers prepare for rice planting by flooding the fields and cultivating the soil. Rice seedlings are planted in early May. I have seen this preparation and planting many times over the years, […]

Swallows Preparing a Nest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNeBr_eLvSU A pair of adult swallows are preparing their nest by improving a nest that was made last year (June 2013) and used once. This video was shot with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera with a 60mm lens at 2x with the optical teleconverter. I used a small LED light that I to a stairway […]

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 […]