Coots – オオバン

On December 29, 2016, several coots (オオバン) were feeding on moss at the base of a flood control dam on Yasugawa about five kilometers upstream from Lake Biwa. Here in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, I often see coots in still water and slow streams, but I’ve never seen them eating so actively. I happened to be […]

Biwako Waves

On October 12, 2015, a strong southwest wind blew across Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Waves crashed against the rocky east shore north of Chomeiji. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/biwako-waves This spot is only a few meters from a lakeside road that runs along a steep hillside. Since it was a public holiday, many cars and motorcycles passed […]

Birds at Yasugawa

This morning several species of birds were active at Yasugawa in Ritto City near the sports park between the Shinkansen tracks and Japan Route 8 (map). All of these photos were taken with a micro four-thirds camera and a 27-year-old 300mm manual focus lens. Focusing on moving birds is a real challenge with this lens, […]

Cultivator and Egrets

http://youtu.be/zGh_d2CyX88 Egrets feast on earthworms as a farmer cultivates a flooded field in preparation for rice planting. At the end of April local farmers prepare for rice planting by flooding the fields and cultivating the soil. Rice seedlings are planted in early May. I have seen this preparation and planting many times over the years, […]