Saw three grey herons and two intermediate egrets near the road on the way to work this morning. Drove off the main road and parked on a farm track to take some photos from the car window. One of the herons was sunning himself on top of a bank (wings open and mouth open, facing the sun). The other birds were all hunting for frogs in the rice paddies. It was very relaxing to be able to watch these birds on the way to work – I never get tired of seeing them. A good start to the day.
Grey Heron: Ardea cinerea: aosagi
Intermediate Egret: Egretta intermedia: chuusagi