I am Utaka GODO, a bird illustrator in Japan. I was a student in U.K to study natural history illustration. All Rights Reserved
3 juveniles Snow Geese in Adachiku ( Arakawa River ), Tokyo.
It takes about 20 minutes walk from Kitasenju Station, to the watching spot of the Snow Geese, Arakawa Kasen-shiki Undo-jo. The geese are young and very friendly and no cautious. I suppose that they have grew up somewhere in captivity....
Saitama Branch of Wild bird Society of Japan had the first meeting of young birder on 19th December. The event was not only for young, but also elders. "Young" means beginner in this case. It was new challenge for the Branch to make birdwatching popular for new parson.
The event has already planned next, 2016. 20th Feb, at Shibayama Chosei ike regulating pond. Please enjoy the event if you are happy.
Narrow white line on the breast of the teal in Isa-numa pond in Saitama pref. Possibly Green-winged teal. However I also need to think about hybrid between common teal because of some eclipse plumage on. I will come again and hope to see an obvious white vertical line when he has got a perfect feather!
A young peregrine was mobbed by jungle crows. When peregrine flied, crows were chasing as well as they could. However the peregrine made a distance with smooth wing beat. Falcon is truly king of birds!
Migrating hobby was flying near my house, Chiko-zan Koen Park. It was very rare!
Chiko-zan koen Park in Saitama is good place to enjoy birding near Tokyo.
Comfortable foot path in coppice and along some ponds in the park. The best season is winter, great tit, goldcrest, pale thrush, dusky thrush, brown-headed thrush, bull-headed shrike, brown-eared bulbul among the trees, also wigeon, mallard, spot-billed duck, teal, heron, common kingfisher and little grebe in the pond. It will be easy to find White's Thrush on the ground after snowing. Migrating birds will also visit, like flycatchers and warblers, for example.
It takes about 1 hour from Seibu-Shinjuku Station to Sayamashi Station by express, and transfer to Seibu-Bus for Chikozan Koen.