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 […]

Egrets in Summer

View from Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋) In late July and August 2016 I spent many hours on Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋), a bridge that crosses Yasugawa between Ritto City and Yasu City in Shiga Prefecture, Japan (map). From the sidewalk the view downstream provided a good change to observe large birds, especially great egrets (ダイサギ) as they […]

Bird Photos on New Year’s Day

On New Year’s Day, 2016, I didn’t get outdoors until after 11:30, so I stayed near home along Yasugawa. The weather forecast said it would be cloudy, but the sky was blue. I was lucky to see several species of birds in the middle of the day. Long-billed Plover (イカルチドリ) I don’t see plovers often […]

Video: Great Egret with Big Fish

https://youtu.be/0Vk0CjUu1FI The other day I had just locked my camera on a tripod and set it up for video recording when I saw a great egret hunting nearby. It soon caught a fish, probably a black bass. The egret took its time eating the fish, but even then it could not swallow it completely. It […]

Video: Yasugawa at Deba

https://youtu.be/HHsETDPFHhQ Yasugawa egrets and herons, black kites, crows, and cormorants at Deba, Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Shot with 200mm and 300mm Olympus (manual) lenses and an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk. II camera. on August 9 & 10, 2015. Music: Stargazers Pt. 1 by Ben Timm, The Official Karian. License: Creative Commons Attribution. In early […]