Kingfisher Movie

http://youtu.be/Fge9UwvyubE This movie includes video clips and still photographs of a kingfisher at Yasugawa in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. All scenes show the same bird photographed in Deba, Ritto City, December 21-30, 2014. (Actually, the bird may be hunting in Yasu City since it’s on the north bank of the river.) Nearly every day I walked […]

Kingfisher in Flight

In a previous post, Waiting for a Kingfisher, I wrote that I wanted to photograph a kingfisher in flight. On Sunday, 21 December 2014, the bird reappeared at its hunting site, and I was able to take a few photos. https://twitter.com/glpjp/status/546628756706574337 This bird typically hunts from a rock along a shallow stretch of Yasugawa a […]

Ride to Biwako after Typhoon 11 and Super Moon

Typhoon 11 of 2014 passed through western Japan on August 11. By midnight the southern sky was clear enough to see the super moon, although fast-moving clouds from the southwest often obscured the view. The morning of August 11th was clear in the east, so I took a 36 km bike ride down along Yasugawa […]

Lower Yasugawa Sounds

On 1 July 2014 I rode my bike about 7km down Yasugawa and recorded insects, birds, and a lot of low frequency noise from machinery and aircraft. Six minutes of my recording can be heard on SoundCloud. Listen with good headphones or speakers to hear the low frequencies. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/lower-yasugawa-on-1-july-2014 This location along the river is […]

Yasukawa Rafting in Moriyama

Moriyama City held its 33rd annual Yasugawa Adventure Tournament on June 29, 2014. I did not know about the event, but as I was cycling down Yasugawa in the morning I saw dozens of hand-built rafts slowly floating down the river from just above the Shiga Route 48 bridge to a few hundred meters below […]