Monday, December 4, 2017

Sunny at Sakata

Sakata

Niigata, Japan

December 3, 2017


Yesterday Keiko, Jonah, and Luke kindly took me to Sakata. It was sunny but very cool when we got there. It was nice to see plenty of waterfowl out on the water including Smew, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shovelers and maybe more. 

I mostly enjoyed seeing long legged birds such as egrets, Grey Herons and the very delightful Oriental Stork.

Raptors included Black-eared Kites, a very pale headed Eurasian Harrier, and several other normal harriers.

Later, we went to a farmers market and I bought some rice before we headed to a cafe for coffee and gelato. 

Wish we could do it again tomorrow!

Thanks guys!





Little Egret


Tundra Swans

Grey Heron

Oriental Stork






Great White Egret






Bull-headed Shrike

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Don't Egret It

Great White Egret

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

November 28, 2017



After impatiently waiting for rain to go away, Monday and Tuesday were fine. I decided to take some time off and go to Fukushimagata.

Many geese and swans but few raptors. I mostly enjoyed breathing air and seeing the mountains.

Maybe it will be the last fine day before Christmas.








Grey Heron

Bean Geese



Swans