Monday, October 16, 2017

Zen and

Spot-billed Duck

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan


I saw a book advertised in a Birdlife magazine this past summer and I ordered it. It is called "The Art of Mindful Birdwatching - Reflection on Freedom & Being". It was written by Claire Thompson and published by Leaping Hare Press, UK. 

It has some nice ideas and I recommend it. 

I sometimes worry about and, and a bird a day reminds me of where I am. I'm sure many birdos would agree with this book.





Sunday, September 24, 2017

Raptor Migration, Mt Yamamotto, 2017

Raptor Migration

Mt Yamamotto, Ojiya, Niigata, Japan

September 24, 2017


We enjoyed watching the raptor migration at Mt Yamamotto, Ojiya this morning. We just stayed for 2 hours but we saw hundreds. My photos don't really show the splendid spirals of hundreds rising vertically in a big corkscrew above us. We didn't get close to any either and these pics are heavily cropped. 

Quite a few photographers and birders there and we were kindly given a beautiful brochure listing the records for past years.

I look forward to this day each year. It is the end of summer but the beginning of lots of bird activity for the next few months. Gotta get into it now before the winter arrives.

Lots of dragonflies in the air and we could thrill at the occasional Peregrine or Japanese Sparrowhawk diving about the place to get them.