Birding on the River Oi, Arishiyama, Kyoto
When: October 2019 Weather: warm 20C
Nikon P900, Leica M240 35 Summilux.
Birding in the bamboo forest of Arashiyama had been disappointing…too much foliage and too many people around….so I set aside a couple of hours on our last morning to bird along the river Oi/Katsura on the other side of the Sogetsukyo Bridge….
At 6 am, the sun rose over the River Katsura…this scene right outside the gate of Hananoie
and directly opposite the front gate of Hananoie, a flash of colour on a river rock
a splendid Common KF started the morning off….
Heading to the bridge, the crowds of tourists had not arrived yet thankfully….I crossed the bridge and went right for a few hundred meters and then came back to the bridge and went on the island…
A map of the area…..the red dot marks the crossroads of the area with the bridge right next to it. Hananoie is just next to where it says Kyoto City parking…note also that the bridge traverses a small island in the river which almost blends into the far bank
Crossing the bridge, a tranquil scene to the right…
and on the left an equally peaceful scene
turning right at the end of the bridge, the Monkey Temple beckoned…
I walked along the river bank till the bend in the river a few hundred metres away
Looking back towards the rising sun
pretty in monochrome too
early morning on the river ….just a great time to be around
In the fading light, this shot from the evening before shows a black kite on the tree overhanging the path I was walking on…
turning back towards the bridge…
a green backed tit flitted
and found his mate
Just after getting back on the bridge and crossing a stream, on the right there is a path leading to the small island seen in the map…this Eurasian tree sparrow was having breakfast.
Heading east along the island you will come across this stone carving which states that China and Japan will never battle again…..a memorial to the million lives lost in the Sino Japan conflict a hundred years ago. A sober reminder that peace should not be taken for granted
A pair of great cormorants sunning themselves
From this eastern end of the island we could look right across the river to our inn, the Hananoie
At this end of the island another little bridge crosses over a stream back to the main bank where a forested area beckoned
a large grey heron waded in the stream
a splendidly coloured oriental turtle dove greeted me
we were a little early for the fall colours but the leaves were changing…
incessant shrieks led me to this shrike
A juvenile bull headed shrike
shrike from another angle
a flock of brown eared bulbuls descended on this tree
Brown eared bulbul
and then I saw this raptor in the sky hovering ..
An osprey which hovered and swooped
and in another tree, a flurry of tiny birds …the Japanese white eye
Japanese white eye
Heading back across the bridge, this little egret hopped around
Autumn in Kyoto….
heading back to our inn, the Hananoie
old bonsai like trees in the garden
Autumn in Arashiyama….
So our two day break in Arashiyama ended…if you are in the Kyoto area and want some peace and tranquility, come and stay here for a couple of days….highly recommended.