May 162012
 

This afternoon I visited Azamidani again to see if any interesting migrants were passing through. No special birds there, but the usual summer breeders and residents were very active. Also in the pond was a pair of Western Japanese Common Toad which were busy mating and generally making a nuisance of themselves, causing the birds to be more wary than usual. Today was also the first time I have observed a Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker actually drink at the pond, although they are always feeding around it. Another interesting observation was a Japanese Shrew-mole carcass on the trail…not sure what killed it but unusual that it was exposed on the path like that…. Japanese hikers often take their dogs with them even in national parks, so maybe a small dog was the culprit.

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker

Eastern Great Tit

Eastern Great Tit

Narcissus Flycatcher (female)

Narcissus Flycatcher (female)

Japanese Bush Warbler

Japanese Bush Warbler

Western Japanese Common Toad

Western Japanese Common Toad

Western Japanese Common Toad

Western Japanese Common Toad

Western Japanese Common Toad

Western Japanese Common Toad

Western Japanese Common Toad

Western Japanese Common Toad

Japanese Shrew-mole Carcass

Japanese Shrew-mole Carcass

 

Sep 202010
 

Here is a selection of other images taken using the new blind. All images are either full-frame or just slightly cropped to improve composition.

Canon EOS 7D, EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM + 1.4x

1/250 sec at f/5.6; ISO 400

Copper Pheasant (female)

Copper Pheasant (female)

Japanese White-Eye

Japanese White-Eye

Narcissus Flycatcher (male)

Narcissus Flycatcher (male)

Narcissus Flycatcher (juvenile male)

Narcissus Flycatcher (juvenile male)

Varied Tit

Varied Tit

Western Japanese Common Toad

Western Japanese Common Toad