Kyoto trip report

To: Pat OMalley <>,
Subject: Kyoto trip report
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 01:58:52 -0700 (PDT)

Indeed, you saw ssp garzetta in Japan. Here it is immaculata.



Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

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From: Pat OMalley <>
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2009 4:15:07 PM
Subject: Kyoto trip report

Hi all,

Many thanks to those who responded to my RFI regarding Kyoto. This made for an 
enjoyable, if not bird-rich, visit. Also a chance to test-drive Mark Brazil's 
Birds of East Asia.

Even though circumstances did not allow a rigorous test, I found Brazil's book 
excellent: maps adequate (Japan is rather small on many) , illustrations 
particularly clear and a relatively large amount of text that was highly 
informative. Also a useful  little letter code (e.g. J for Japan) at the  start 
of each entry indicating the countries in which that species is recorded.

I was able to take 2 days to bird several spots in Kyoto, including the 
Botanical Gardens, the bird walk at the Westin Miyako Hotel (nice 2km 
round-trip walk, few birds), many temple and shrine gardens especially in the 
Higashiyama district, plus bush tracks behind a couple, Arashiyama plus various 
walks along the rivers, and Nara. Despite this, the species tally was only 23! 
I was expecting a low count from the seasonal distribution maps in Brazil - it 
looks as though winter is a better birding season (several trip reports support 
this idea), at least for this urban area.

I have one query. Little Egrets (E garzetta) were common. But these have bright 
yellow feet which they use to stir around in the shallows - like the North 
American members. This is rather different in foot coloration and action to the 
Australian members. I assume these are distinct subspecies?

Species list:  
Japanese (Large Billed) Crow (ssp japonensis)
Carrion Crow
European Tree Sparrow 
Oriental Turtle Dove 
Rock Dove 
Japanese White Eye 
Grey Heron 
Great Egret 
Little Egret  
Japanese Grosbeak
Japanese Pigmy Woodpecker
Varied Tit (ssp varius)
Great Cormorant
Pacific Swift
Brown-eared Bulbul (ssp amaurotis)
Common Kingfisher
Eastern Great Tit 
Black-eared Kite
E. Black-tailed Godwit
Long-tailed Tit (ssp trivirgatus)
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Japanese Wagtail

Despite misleading advice from one who shall remain nameless, no Purple-crowned 


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