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 [...]

Kubon Falls (九品の滝)

One of my favorite places in Ritto City is Kubon Falls (九品の滝), also called Inoue Falls (井上の滝). Here I have been practicing long-exposure photography. When I began to use a tripod, I was using exposure times of 5-8 seconds with an ND64 filter. Recently I've been trying an ND1000 filter and longer times of 20-60 [...]

Young Egrets and Herons at Ten Shrine

In June, 2018, I recorded and photographed several species of egret and heron chicks at Ten Shrine in Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/young-egrets-and-herons My little recorder captured the whole sonic environment, noise and all, with small omnidirectional mics that I attached to my backpack in order to create a quasi-binaural soundscape. Low-frequency traffic noise [...]

Egret Rookery

Great egrets (ダイサギ), cattle egrets (アマサギ), and other birds nest in the woods at Hyozu Shrine (兵主大社) in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. I recorded the sounds of the rookery on Sunday, May 27, 2018, and posted a six-minute sample on radio aporee ::: maps and SoundCloud. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/egret-rookery The woods are between a large shrine [...]

Great Cormorants Nesting

This spring great cormorants (カワウ) are nesting high in trees along Yasugawa near my home in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. On Saturday, April 21, 2018, I made an audio recording in the woods under their nests. I tried to minimize sounds of human activity by recording during lunchtime. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/great-cormorants-nesting-1 Audio recording was done under [...]