Yasugawa Wildlife – August 20-31, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_1BhQo77bo This video shows wildlife in and near Yasugawa between Mikamiyama and Bodaijisan in late August, 2013. We can see crows, egrets, herons, geese (high overhead), cormorants, and a nutria. It was extremely hot during most of this period. I had never seen so many crows and cormorants together. Also, I had no idea that […]

Shinkansen at Yasugawa

http://youtu.be/dFelSTYdqtQ Several Shinkansen trains at Yasugawa seen from the Moriyama side of the river. Trains going from right to left are bound for Tokyo. Trains coming from the left will soon stop at Kyoto. Shinkansen passengers have a beautiful view of Mikamiyama and other scenery as they pass through Shiga Prefecture in comfort. Audio for the […]

Egrets at Dawn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36fpYOkCloY Egrets just after dawn, several hundred meters upstream from Yasugawa Ohashi on Japan Route 8. Ritto and Moriyama (downstream beyond the shinkansen tracks) are to the left of the bridge and Yasu City is to the right. In the video the Shinkansen (high-speed train) passes from left to right on its way to Tokyo. […]

Black Kites in Kyoto

Black kites (milvus migrans) flocking to scavenge food along Kamogawa behind Kyoto Prefectural Hospital, where people are eating lunch on April 12, 2013. These raptors, called TOMBI in Kansai (TOBI in Kanto), are commonly seen in the Japanese countryside, where, as solitary hunters, they prey on bugs, field mice, and other small animals. In spite […]

Yasugawa in Winter

This is near my house in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Images and sounds were gathered between December 29, 2012, and January 3, 2013. From here the river gradually slows and then enters Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Shiga Rivers is a series of media productions about rivers in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Yasugawa in Winter is […]