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Quack, quack. Actually the ducks were pretty quiet.
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Ducks
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At least 2 swans were in the pond along with koi fish.
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An egret stalking insects. It did not mind us photographers only meters away.
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The only egret which never flew away when I approached.
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Bird
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Monkeys
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Ducks
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Ducks fly away on Lake Suwa.
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Meanwhile above, a black kite soars above looking for fish. The bird is a common site at Lake Biwa.
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This crow was unafraid of humans. It was right in front of me and seemed to wait for food.
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A heron bringing back a branch to make a nest at Genkyuen Garden in Hikone, Shiga.
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Soon after we got to Nakajima, this black kite flew above. I tracked it with my camera. 「ピーヒョロロロロ…」
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It then swooped down to the water and I started clicking away whether it would catch a fish or not. I was delighted to see it catch this large fish and captured the moment.
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What a catch. It was my first time to capture a shot like this. I love these graceful and elegant birds which have a distinct cry.
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Here's a close-up of the bird's claws grasping the gills of the fish. The bird sure knows where to grab a fish. The fish had no way to escape this grip.
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Falconry demonstrations held at Hama-Rikyu Gardens on Jan. 3 in Tokyo.
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Falconry demonstrations held at Hama-Rikyu Gardens on Jan. 3 in Tokyo.
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Kawau cormorants. Shiga has over 40,000 of these birds, and 30,000 of them live on Chikubushima whose trees are being destroyed by the droppings and branches broken off to make bird nests.
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On this day in Feb., I saw ducks and gray heron (ao-sagi).
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Ducks
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Tundra swans from Siberia at Lake Biwa.
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Bean geese at Lake Biwa.
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Actual-size cutout of Steller's sea eagle. The center has two telescopes aimed at the bird for a clear view. It is a very large bird with a wingspan of over 2 meters. You need a very large telephoto lens to photograph the bird on the mountain.オオワシ
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Heron stalking fish in the pond at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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White heron (shirasagi) hanging out on the pond.
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It soon snagged a baby carp from the pond. Poor innocent fish. It must be traumatic to be caught in a bird's beak and be swallowed whole.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine also has many turtles in the pond. All these years, I thought they were cute. But I recently found out that these turtles are actually invasive species called red-eared slider or red-eared terrapin.Popular as pets when they are small.
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A black kite is perched in a cherry tree.
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Mishima Pond, Maibara, Shiga.
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Mishima Pond, Maibara, Shiga.
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Baby monkey. From generation to generation, these monkeys develop and pass down their habit of bathing in this hot spring.
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Snow monkeys taking a bath and showing relaxed faces.
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It's not unusual to see wild monkeys in Japan. So to the Japanese, these monkeys are not exotic nor unusual, even if they are bathing in an onsen.
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My favorite shot. I'm not sure if he's exhibiting a derogatory gesture to us humans. The calluses on the buttocks serve as a cushion for sitting. It seems that they don't have the cushy/fatty buttocks that we do, so they need to grow calluses instead.
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Swans along Lake Toya, Sobetsu, Hokkaido
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Swan nesting. Photos continue here as I head to northern Lake Toya...
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White heron and cherry blossoms.
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White heron and cherry blossoms.
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White heron finds a snack.
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Lake Toya and swan, Hokkaido
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Heron with a frog at Lake Yogo, Nagahama, Shiga.
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Black kite over Lake Yogo, Shiga.
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Black kite going for a frog caught by another bird.
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Ducks on ice
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Saw me and they flew away
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