Northern Shovelers

Winter brings more ducks to local ponds and wetlands. A shallow reservoir near Ono Ramp in Ritto City attracts northern shovelers (Anas clypeata, ハシビロガモ), which are conspicuous with their huge spatulate bills. They feed on aquatic invertebrates by shoveling water and mud and straining out their food. Their feeding can be very energetic, as we […]

Birds in Altered Habitats

In early January, 2019, I visited several of my favorite places to see wild birds. All of these locations have been heavily altered by human activity. Here in Ritto City farmers have been preparing fields for spring planting. Often we can see birds in freshly cultivated fields. Tree sparrows feed in and around fields and […]

New Year’s Day 2019

On January 1, 2019, I took an early afternoon walk to Yasugawa (野洲川) here in Ritto City (滋賀県 栗東市). Along the road many Eurasian tree sparrows (スズメ) appeared in trees and bushes. Several white wagtails (ハクセキレイ) were in a field, and one was hopping along the river. A beautiful grey wagtail (キセキレイ) appeared briefly and […]

Selected Photos of 2018

Twenty of my favorite 2018 photographs of birds, insects, flowers, and landscapes In 2018 I learned the names of quite a few flowers and insects, and I began to look more carefully at larger scenes such as woodlands and riverbanks. In 2019 I want to learn more about the natural world and improve my vision […]

Grey Heron Landing

On December 23, 2018, I was walking between fields near my home when a lone grey heron (アオサギ) appeared in the sky. As the heron began to descend, I aimed my camera at the top of an old light pole, the tallest location along the bird’s flight path. When I first spotted the heron in […]