コシアカツバメとショウドウツバメなど / Red-rumped Swallow, Bank Swallow, etc.
A swallow was flying over the rice field, so I took a picture of it. When I checked later, I found that it was a Red-rumped Swallow. It was a swallow on its autumn migration path.
Taken on a different day. The tail feathers are longer than the one above.
There was also a Bank Swallow. It was quite far away, so I had to crop it large.
Little Egrets lined up at intervals on the bank. I remember that when I was a student, it was said that couples sitting on the banks of the Kamo River in Kyoto were known as “the law of equal spacing along the Kamo River”. I wonder if birds are naturally inclined to choose the most stable position because of the distance between them and their neighbors.
A Carrion Crow? I’m not sure at this angle. I want to get a good shot of crows, so I take one every chance I get. But it is not easy.
A skirmish between a crow and a kestrel. Birds of prey are always the ones being chased, but this time they may have been irritated and decided to fight back.
When I am near the mouth of the river, I often see gulls flying along the bank as if they are going up the river.
This might be a Slaty-backed Gull. The pink legs and red spots on the lower bill suggest that it is either a Herring Gull or a Slaty-backed Gull, but since I cannot see its back, I cannot judge by the intensity of its coloration. The darker coloration around the eyes is also said to be a characteristic of the Slaty-backed Gull, and the final deciding factor was the shape of its bill. The bill of the Slaty-backed Gull is considered to be tipped with a bulge.
Siberian Stonechat can be found everywhere this time of year.
A flock of sparrows is hiding in the bushes and chirping noisily. As I sneak up to check on them, I sometimes see them standing where they can see through the gaps, watching me. They are like watchmen.