I went for a walk in Fureiai Forest (fureiai no mori) and was lucky enough to see a Japanese pygmy woodpecker (kogera). It’s the first one I’ve seen, although I’ve heard them lots of times. This type of woodpecker is only tiny (15cm) and the one I saw was way up in the top of a tree – my excuses for the poor quality of the picture and video below!!

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker: Picoides kizuki: kogera
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker

QUICKTIME movie: woodpeckervid01.mov (1.48MB)

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I found this amazing birder’s web site: Kei’s Gallery
Unfortunately it’s all in Japanese, but he has some great shots and even mouseover image changes to see birds at different angles. I’m impressed with his skills!