White-eyes in Camellias at Hatonomori Park

Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (守山市の鳩の森公園) has small grove of sasanqua camellias (カンツバキ) along a small stream. They bloom in early December. In mid-December Japanese white-eyes (Zosterops japonicus, メジロ) gather in the camellias. These photos were taken on December 17 and 19, 2016. See more of my photos on Flickr: Greg Peterson in Japan. Hatonomori […]

Taiko Practice

http://soundcloud.com/gpjp/taiko-practice Listen to the recording on SoundCloud (5:48). A taiko group often practices in Moriyama on Saturdays. Sometimes they sound like a professional group, but January 23, 2016, was a practice day for children. This recording is the end of one nonstop session that lasted about 15 minutes. They practice very close to the Shikansen […]

Soybean Harvest

On November 24, 2014, I went cycling along Yasugawa in Moriyama. I took my camera and a new zoom lens I had just bought. I had hoped to find some wildlife along the river, but I saw onlya few Japanese black kites soaring high overhead. Just below the bridge, Hattori-Ohashi, I saw farmers harvesting soybeans. […]

Cormorants, Egrets, and Herons in Spring

http://youtu.be/WIphWd3AQzY Cormorants, egrets, and herons actively feed on fish in Yasugawa near Shinjo-cho, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan. This area, just downstream from where Shiga Prefectural Route 48 crosses the river, teems with life. It is not yet “developed” for ground golf or other recreational activities, although many people walk nearby. In late spring and summer quite […]