Lonely Crow in a Pine Tree

On March 30, 2015, a solitary crow perched in a pine tree and cooed for several minutes. I’d never watched a crow do that before, so made a short video recording. The bird appeared to be calling for companionship. https://youtu.be/O4gUCYAYl0U Location Yasugawa Sports Park in Ritto City (滋賀県 栗東市 野洲川運動公園) includes a small grove of […]

Goosanders [common mergansers] (カワイサ) in Yasugawa

At the beginning of March, 2015, a small flock of goosanders [common mergansers], カワイサ (kawaisa in Japanese) appeared at Yasugawa near my home, about 12km upstream from Biwako. I’ve often seen these birds at Lake Biwa, but I’d never seen them this far upstream in Yasugawa. They stayed at a distance, but on March 8 […]

New Year Snow 2015

http://youtu.be/5yRT-I1u9II Scenes of a riverbank and nearby fields January 2-5, 2015. Soundtrack from “Relaxing Music” by Sławomir Królik, chafer on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/chafer). Hear the full version embedded below. The first two nights of the New Year, 2015, we had heavy snowfall in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Nearby fields and the Yasugawa riverbank were covered […]

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 […]

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. […]