A pair of Eastern spot-billed ducks (カルガモ) is spending this winter in Tsuji, Ritto. On February 27, 2020, they were calmly swimming, sometimes walking, up the irrigation canal that crosses under Shiga Prefectural Route 11. They allowed me to approach closely enough to take some photos before they flew away.
February 19-23 marks the first third of the traditional Japanese season Rainwater - Usui (雨水). Winter birds remain active, often seen perched in trees, and small wildflowers appear, adding a little color along fields. Here and there pink and white plum blossoms brighten the countryside. https://flic.kr/p/2ivvLX5 Dusky thrush (Turdus eunomus, ツグミ) https://flic.kr/p/2ivuyJJ Brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes [...]
Photographs of birds and flowers that I took February 11-13, during Kōō kenkan su (黄鶯睍睆), the middle of Risshun (立春), which is the beginning of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar of of 24 seasons.
Several species of small birds appeared in Ritto City in the first week of February
I have been trying to maintain my Web presence with an Apple iPod Air. Text is okay, but Apple iOS appears to strip metadata from my photos regardless of my wishes. That frustrates my efforts to share data with readers.* https://flic.kr/p/2ikcDqm Daffodils on Flickr As a solution I will try embedding photos from Flickr. Then [...]