If you go down to the woods today…

The things you see when you don’t have a camera!

April 24th
I arrive at my school, still tingling from the previous day’s unexplained headache, when I spot movement.
Our local raccoon dogs. Two… no, wait, THREE.

Sorry about the picture quality – a mobile phone just doesn’t cut it for wildlife photography.

Raccoon dog as seen from a classroom window.

Two of the three I spotted that morning.

Last year I spotted a pair during a lesson… luckily, none of the students noticed!

Oh, and I spotted a pair of Chinese bamboo partridges on the way home.
Moral of the day? Travel around with a proper camera!




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3 Responses to If you go down to the woods today…

  1. Glad you got the shots! Curious looking little creatures. I think there’s a Murphy’s rule – the scale of interesting sights correlates directly with not being able to capture them. I know it happens here a lot šŸ¤“ especially when out cycling.

  2. Elliot says:

    Hi Andrew, I am in Japan for a week and would like to try and find any species of snake. The areas I will be in are Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo. Do you have any places that you know are especially good for snakes or any advice on how to find them? Thanks!

    • wildinjapan says:

      Finding snakes… you need to go where the snakes are! Unless you go to an actual zoo (Ueno has quite an impressive reptile house) or reptile park like Japan Snake Center in Gunma (http://snake-center.com/) all you can do is try to stack the cards in your favour – semi rural areas with groves and rice paddies are probably the kind of environment where you are most likely to encounter snakes – assuming you are lucky…
      Thanks for the shout and enjoy your trip!

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