Hunting Crow

Don’t be fooled into thinking that raptors are terrible and evil hunters preying on the beautiful and weak. The most carnage I have seen in Japan has been by the common Oriental Crow (Nee, Carrion Crow). I have seen them take swallows, bats and this finch. They destroy Goshawk nests, push around Steller’s Eagles and pretty much rule the place. They are very active too.

Winter's End

Here are some recent images from Niigata. It’s seems winter had an early end, yet snow is forecast for Wednesday. A lot of rain today. I visited some different places and suddenly the swans and ducks that made up the bulk of birdlife throughout winter have gone. The weekend was sunny and spring-like, but I found it's silence somewhat eerie.