Denizens of a Small Mt. Pond

June 25, 2017   The last few mornings found me at the top of Mt. Shiogi , courtesy of a student of mine. He told me there were a few bird photographers at a pond photographing some common kingfishers, (one of my favorite birds) at a pond there. He managed to take a few photos himself with his cellphone. I had been to this pond a few times before. (The last picture in this post is of a tiger keelback I had photographed there a few years ago.)

  Turned out to be a juvenile male that appeared while I was there. In all his attempts, I never once saw him catch a fish, unlike the adults, who are much more adept at it. It appears to be a skill they have to learn, but the parents continue to feed them until they can catch enough fish for themselves.

Music by Faure; Berceuse for violin and piano, opus 16

common kingfisher emerging from surface

 

 

A few other creatures who inhabit the small pond up on top of Shioji mountain. A peaceful place to escape  from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

water strider

A water strider or amenbo in Japanese

 

 

curious turtle

A curious turtle checks me out

 

 

tiger keelback

Tiger keelback or yamakagashi in Japanese. A venomous species, with a few documented deaths here in Japan.

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.