There were several Black-capped Night Herons (Goisagiゴイサギ) on the island and most of them were juveniles. In Japanese, juveniles have a different name: Hoshigoiホシゴイ. Hoshi means stars, representing their speckled back.
He pretended that he didn't exist there:)
He was looking down at us, extending his long neck and raising his shabby crest! just like saying 'I've been watching you!'
He saw us and flew into the thicket but seemed stuck...
We can see your bottom! lol
He was born to be a real hunter! While we were there, he didn't even flinch.
In the water, loads of small fish were swimming around even though the quality of water didn't seem appealing. Still, it must be a good place for young, fish-hunting birds.
Young Swallows (Tsubameツバメ) landed on a signpost on one of the bridges.
The one flying towards them appeared to be their brother or sister...
Insects are really active even that early in the morning as the temperature was already nearly 30 degrees. We were hoping that those swallow fledglings were well fed and would be soon ready for a long journey back.
Along the canal, the birds were quiet probably because of the heat and their moulting. We saw (or heard) BC N Herons, Swallows, Azure-winged Magpies (Onagaオナガ), Grey Starlings (Mukudoriムクドリ), Brown-eared Bulbuls (Hiyodoriヒヨドリ), Eastern Great Tits (Shijuukaraシジュウカラ), Spot-billed Ducks (Karugamoカルガモ), a Great Egret (Daisagiダイサギ), Tree Sparrows (Suzumeスズメ), Cormorants (Kawauカワウ).