This is as good a time as any to mention a roadkill sighting in October that I'd meant to write about at the time. Quite amazing really.
I have a reasonably good Japan mammal list but I've never seen Japanese badger despite spending plenty of time in forest areas which look suitable. So it was unfortunate for me, and far worse for the badger of course, that the closest I came to one was spotting a freshly dead animal on the road while driving to Mie. The amazement factor kicks in when on the return drive there was another dead badger, in the same forest but lower on the mountain, this had plainly been hit during the afternoon in daylight. Was this an astonishing coincidence or was something else have created the situation where two animals would be on the road and hit by vehicles within about 14 hours? Since then things have been back to normal with no sign they even exist in this forest.
|Buff-bellied Pipit in slanting light of the rising sun.|
|Another early bird in the same strong light.|
|This Little Grebe was just below the Kingfisher, in deep shadow.|
|The setting sun was much kinder to this Greater Scaup in a small fishing harbour.|
|Sanderling, while gulling on the beach.|
|Shorebirds and industry are a frequent mix, it's the lone tree that strikes the unexpected note for me.|
|Female Daurian Redstart|
|Male Daurian Redstart|