Japan: Winter Wildlife Safari 2013: Day 3

Before travelling up to our next stop, we spent the morning back at the river where the red crowned cranes sleep and, with the conditions being even better than before, made for a brilliant morning of photography!  Things got even better when a pair of red foxes ran out right in front of the birds, and started mating, much to the amusement of one of the cranes which came up to the bank to have a look at all the commotion.  After the action from the river came to an end, we spent a very productive hour back at the crane sanctuary, where some smaller birds found their way into the cameras viewfinders, adding to our species list, as well as the prized cranes.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Red foxes mating
  • Japanese red crowned cranes
  • Whooper swan

Japan: Winter Wildlife Safari 2013: Day 2

There was as much clicking of the cameras on the second day as there was on the first! We started off with the very elegant whooper swans set against a spectacular backdrop, followed by a quick stop off at a smaller crane sanctuary, where the owner, an elderly lady has (now famously) been feeding the cranes for over fifty years!  That is a great personal effort, and one which has certainly helped this rare species bounce back from the brink of extinction.  We moved on through the marsh lands, and spent some time looking for and photographing Sika deer.  Ending off another great day, was another crane sunset shoot, which delivered big time.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Many whooper swans
  • Many Japanese red crowned cranes
  • Sika deer
  • Red foxes
  • White-tailed eagle

Japan: Winter Wildlife Safari 2013: Day 1

A truly amazing start to an amazing safari!  Starting early with the rare and endangered Japanese red crowned cranes in the river, we moved timeously to catch their arrival at a nearby crane sanctuary, before the real highlight of the day, the interaction between several white-tailed eagles and the cranes.  We finished up with a sunset shoot, watching and photographing the cranes as they flew over the sunset.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Many Japanese red crowned cranes.  (Great interaction between the cranes and the white-tailed eagles)
  • White-tailed eagles
  • Stellar sea eagle
  • Red foxes