July 6, 2018 One of my students told me of a good place for bird watching. It is called the:
It is about a 30 minute drive from my home, and also free and open to the public. It’s main features are a small lake with various types of trees and plants surrounding it. It is circumnavigated by a trail that meanders through the botanical forest. I got there just before it opened and was the first to enter.
My student also mentioned a stand of Bald Cypress, (Numasugi in Japanese) that were there. Brought in from the United States, they are rather rare here in Japan.
As I was walking around the trail, a female Blue and White Flycatcher came rather close and began scolding me. I suspect here nest was nearby, as she had something in her beak. The male is a beautiful vibrant blue on top with white below. I include a photo of a male which was taken in Yasukogen a few years back.
Blue and White Flycatcher: FZ200, 400mm cropped, ISO160, F4, 1/800 exp.
Last June I drove to Shiraito Falls, on Haganeyama Mountain in Itoshima. It was an overcast day, with light rain and mist. Good weather for photographing waterfalls. In the summer, it is a popular destination for it’s cooler temperatures, with rock pools for swimming, and trout fishing too.
Lastly, I include a few other pictures from last June. A sunrise taken from Kusenbu Mt., and a photo of a Crested Kingfisher (Yamazemi). The Crested Kingfisher was perched on the exact same wire the day before, but my camera was not at the ready. The very next morning, it was at the exact
same location, and this time my camera was on the car seat next to me.
Crested Kingfisher photo: Panasonic FZ200, 400mm, ISO100, F3.5, 1/125 exp.
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