Butterflies in September

September is a great month to watch butterflies and other insects on flowers in rural Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Between August 31 and September 21, 2017, I photographed ten species and saw several others while cycling in the countryside near my home. Contents Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) – キアゲハ Asian swallowtail (Papilio xuthus) – アゲハチョウ […]

Videos of small creatures with a compact camera

At the beginning of summer, 2017, I bought a little Panasonc LUMIX DMC-LX9 compact digital camera. This model has a flip-up LCD screen and enables extreme closeups with a large aperture and a wide-angle view. I have using it mostly for general photography, especially while cycling. As I had hoped when I bought it, works […]

Uguisu (鶯)

On June 4, 2017, a quiet Sunday, I took a bike ride in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. On the way home I heard a Japanese bush warbler (uguisu, ウグイス, or 鶯). https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/20170604-uguisu I always carry a small audio recorder and a pair of Primo EM172 mics in my touring bike handlebar bag. The bird […]

Turtle Doves (キジバト) in Hatonomori Park

On May 28, 2017, a couple of Oriental turtle-doves (キジバト) were mating in Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (滋賀県 守山市 鳩の森公園). https://youtu.be/p_OPTk9JeA4 Earlier a solitary turtle-dove was high in a tree, calling to its mate. As I was looking for small birds, my wife saw the two turtle-doves and called me. I saw them mating, […]

Kingfisher (川蝉)

On March 16, 2017, a female common kingfisher (川蝉) took more than a minute to swallow a fish at Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan (滋賀県 守山市 鳩の森公園). https://youtu.be/WTW2C3Nunyc When I saw her, the fish was head-first in her beak. She repeatedly gripped the fish at different places along its body. Perhaps she […]