Lake Imbanuma is one of the great wildlife habitats in Chiba and around as it has two large lakes surrounded by reedbeds, paddy fields and some woodlands. It is not particularly protected (very few protected areas in Japan overall anyway) but still, it provides what wildlife needs.
We went there on a bright, calm day and that's what we saw!
ducks, ducks, and more ducks!!
There were Pintails (Onagagamoオナガガモ), Mallards (Magamoマガモ), Spot-billed ducks (Karugamoカルガモ), Teals (Kogamoコガモ), Baikal teals (Tomoegamoトモエガモ), Falcated ducks (Yoshigamoヨシガモ), Smews (Mikoaisaミコアイサ) and
Great crested grebes (Kammuri-kaitsuburiカンムリカイツブリ), Little grebes (Kaitsuburiカイツブリ), Cormorants (Kawauカワウ), Coots (Oobanオオバン), Moorhens (Banバン), Great egrets (Daisagiダイサギ), Little egrets (Kosagiコサギ), Grey herons (Aosagiアオサギ) were seen among the ducks.
Occasionally, ducks were spooked by something and flew up, which was quite a spectacle.
Once a Peregrine falcon (Hayabusaハヤブサ) appeared from nowhere and turned the peaceful scene into chaos. That time luck was on the ducks' side though.