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 […]

Grey wagtails (キセキレイ)

In winter I have been delighted to see several grey wagtails (キセキレイ). Here in Shiga Prefecture these beautiful birds are much less common and much more colorful than two other wagtail species, Japanese wagtails (セグロセキレイ) and white wagtails (ハクセキレイ). In winter I’ve seen grey wagtails most often at Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (滋賀県 守山市 […]

Daurian redstarts (ジョウビタキ)

In late fall and winter many beautiful small birds migrate to Shiga Prefecture in Japan. One of the most colorful species is the Daurian redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus), in Japanese, jōbitaki (ジョウビタキ). Breeding males are easy to spot: orange chest and lower back, black upper back, head, and neck, grey crown and nape, and very dark […]

January birds

In January, 2017, I took hundreds of photographs of birds near my home in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Here are a few of them. More photos are on Flickr. Quality varies! Selected photos are on 500px. I’m looking forward exploring Shiga Prefecture and seeing more birds in February.