Black Kites in Kyoto

Black kites (milvus migrans) flocking to scavenge food along Kamogawa behind Kyoto Prefectural Hospital, where people are eating lunch on April 12, 2013. These raptors, called TOMBI in Kansai (TOBI in Kanto), are commonly seen in the Japanese countryside, where, as solitary hunters, they prey on bugs, field mice, and other small animals. In spite [...]

Yasugawa Medley 2013-02-10

This is an audio recording of Yasugawa (river) shallow rapids near the foot of Mikamiyama in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The sounds we hear are both above and in the water. http://soundcloud.com/gpjp/yasugawa-medley-20130210-mix Monaural audio was recorded in moderately strong wind with a Sennheiser ME66 shotgun mic covered with a Rycote Softie. I held the [...]