I am Utaka GODO, a bird illustrator in Japan. I was a student in U.K to study natural history illustration. All Rights Reserved
My first birding in 2018 was visiting Izu-numa in Miyagi 6th January to 8th (3days) to see waterfowls. It was amazing time to see geese taking off all at once from the water surface to leave roost in the morning.
The big flock of Geese leaving roost
In Kabukuri-numa about 15km from Izu-numa, Bean geese (Anser fabalis middendorffii ) and Whooper Swans had a good relax time.
Bean geese(Anser fabalis middendorffii ) and Whooper Swans
Also we enjoyed a White-tailed Eagle in the sky. However ducks and swans were surprised at the appearance of big wings,
In the paddies around Izu-numa, the geese were eating there but sometimes they flew away and moved. When they moved, the background became a blue sky unlike in the morning, which was another beauty.