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Black Kite © HIH Princess Takamado

The Black Kite: a clever hawk

Thu, 05/08/2021
Reviled in Japanese culture and beyond for its scavenging behaviour, the Black Kite is a misunderstood raptor. Find out how its biggest flaws are actually its biggest advantages – both for its own survival, and ours.
100,000 migrating Amur Falcons congregate at Doyang Reservoir every year © Touhid Biplob

Meet the Indian villages battling adversity to protect migratory birds

Wed, 09/06/2021
100,000 migrating Amur Falcons pass through Nagaland every year. Even as the world grapples with COVID-19, two villages in India are holding strongly to their commitment to protect the birds and nature around them.
Cocoa farmer Sartam increased yields through sustainable agroforestry © Burung Indonesia/Citra Al Rasyid

A recipe for sustainable farming in Sulawesi

Tue, 08/06/2021
Organic farming practices aren't just good for wildlife: they can also improve the quality of the soil, leading to higher yields that provide sustainable, long-term incomes for local people. Discover how three different farms across Sulawesi transformed their techniques – and reaped the rewards.
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.
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 identity

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