Butterflies in September

September is a great month to watch butterflies and other insects on flowers in rural Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Between August 31 and September 21, 2017, I photographed ten species and saw several others while cycling in the countryside near my home. Contents Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) – キアゲハ Asian swallowtail (Papilio xuthus) – アゲハチョウ […]

Uguisu (鶯)

On June 4, 2017, a quiet Sunday, I took a bike ride in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. On the way home I heard a Japanese bush warbler (uguisu, ウグイス, or 鶯). https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/20170604-uguisu I always carry a small audio recorder and a pair of Primo EM172 mics in my touring bike handlebar bag. The bird […]

Turtle Doves (キジバト) in Hatonomori Park

On May 28, 2017, a couple of Oriental turtle-doves (キジバト) were mating in Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (滋賀県 守山市 鳩の森公園). https://youtu.be/p_OPTk9JeA4 Earlier a solitary turtle-dove was high in a tree, calling to its mate. As I was looking for small birds, my wife saw the two turtle-doves and called me. I saw them mating, […]

Grey wagtails (キセキレイ)

In winter I have been delighted to see several grey wagtails (キセキレイ). Here in Shiga Prefecture these beautiful birds are much less common and much more colorful than two other wagtail species, Japanese wagtails (セグロセキレイ) and white wagtails (ハクセキレイ). In winter I’ve seen grey wagtails most often at Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (滋賀県 守山市 […]