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Ruddy Kingfisher © HIH Princess Takamado

A scarlet bird: the Ruddy Kingfisher

Tue, 01/06/2021
With fiery plumage and a voice that was thought to summon the rain, discover the folklore and natural history of this splendid bird through the eyes of a photographer.
 Bohemian Waxwing © HIH Princess Takamado

A Lesson from the Waxwing

Thu, 01/04/2021
Every year waxwings migrate to Japan, where they spend the winter gorging themselves on mistletoe berries. Find out how the win-win relationship between bird and plant means they can always rely on a full crop of berries when they return the following year.
This colourful gilded tea bowl is part of a diverse catalogue of unique items © BirdLife Japan

Save the date: BirdLife online auction starts on...

Wed, 24/03/2021
Treat yourself to something special while supporting BirdLife’s important work in our 8-day exclusive auction, starting on Monday. All proceeds will go towards the BirdLife International Japan Fund for Science to support our Red List Programme.
Eurasian Tree Sparrows on a tree branch © HIH Princess Takamado

Chubby Sparrows in Winter

Fri, 05/02/2021
Common and familiar with muted plumage, it's easy to take the Eurasian Tree Sparrow for granted. But a cautionary tale from history shows just how vital this bird is, and how you often don't appreciate what you've got until it's gone. From "Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, February, 2021.
Bull-headed Shrike: male © HIH Princess Takamado

The Bull-headed Shrike, a lovable carnivorous bird

Tue, 01/12/2020
Being a carnivorous songbird is unusual enough, but there's plenty more to discover about this social, competitive bird and the true reason behind its macabre method of storing prey. From "Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, December, 2020.
Eugene Catholic Church © HIH Princess Takamado

The Island of Anne of Green Gables

Thu, 01/10/2020
Explore the beautiful Canadian island that inspired the novel "Anne of Green Gables", where birds and history live side by side. From "Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, October, 2020.
A pair of Oriental Dollarbirds displaying courtship behaviour  © HIH Princess Takamado

Oriental Dollarbird: a curious case of mistaken...

Sat, 01/08/2020
For more than a thousand years, Japanese citizens assumed the Oriental Dollarbird was responsible for a beautiful and distinctive call heard at night. But a chance radio broadcast revealed the true, unlikely culprit. From "Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, August 2020
Morning glow in Sweden © HIH Princess Takamado

A Morning in Sweden

Tue, 09/06/2020
Birds in the owl family are popular not only among children but also adults: their ability to rotate their heads 180 degrees, as well as their resemblance to Russian nesting dolls, matryoshkas, seems to attract everybody. In fact we humans tend to feel a sense of affinity to owls, because they have forward-facing eyes like ours.
Green Pheasant © HIH Princess Takamado

The Green Pheasant, the National Bird of Japan

Sun, 01/03/2020
”Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, March, 2020
Long-tailed Tit © HIH Princess Takamado

The Special Way Long-tailed Tits Bring Up Their...

Wed, 01/01/2020
”Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, January, 2020
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Making Japan’s expanding renewable energy sector...

Wed, 18/12/2019
Like many countries, Japan is making great strides in renewable energy – but at what cost? BirdLife supports sustainable energy sources – but it’s important to locate structures like wind farms out of harm’s way. Read how our Japanese Partner is using science and advocacy to change national decisions.
Common Kestrel © HIH Princess Takamado

A Bird Preens Its Feathers

Fri, 01/11/2019
“Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, November, 2019
Rock Dove © HIH Princess Takamado

My Second Thought on Invasive Alien Species

Sun, 01/09/2019
'Through the Lens', Fujingaho Magazine, September, 2019
Long-Eared Owl © HIH Princess Takamado

A Perching-Still Bird of Wisdom

Mon, 01/07/2019
”Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, July 2019
Brown-eared Bulbul © HIH Princess Takamado

Names of Birds

Wed, 01/05/2019
”Through the Lens”, Fujingaho Magazine, May 2019
Long-tailed Duck, male © HIH Princess Takamado

Watching Sea Birds in Winter

Mon, 18/02/2019
“Through the Lens”, Fujingahou Magazine, February, 2019
A new generation: Chinese Crested Tern in South Korea © Yunkyoung Lee

Asia’s rarest seabird could be easier to spot in...

Wed, 28/11/2018
Researchers celebrate breeding success in South Korea for the Chinese Crested Tern – a bird once thought extinct. Decoy model birds have helped bolster the new colony, and the species has been spotted in Japan for the first time.
Northern Gannets at a breeding site © HIH Princess Takamado

Seabirds

Mon, 01/10/2018
“Through the Lens”, Fujigahou Magazine, October, 2018