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)

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!


Grey herons are pretty common around here, and I see one or two almost every time I go out for a walk, but they are so difficult to get pictures of (unless you have a hide and a very expensive telephoto lens!), so I was very pleased to get these shots. I rounded the corner and there he was, about 50m away. I got my camera ready without too much movement and managed to snap a couple of photos before he flew away.

Grey Heron: Ardea cinerea: aosagi

Grey heronGrey heron

Found another nice site with photo’s of birds (in Japanese): Ichiro Ohno’s site