Just over the hills from Kyoto lies Lake Biwa, the largest body of fresh water in Japan. Its shores are rich with natural beauty as well as steeped in history. The lake attracts about 5000 migratory water birds every year, including several species of egrets and herons, many different kinds of ducks, geese, cormorants and gulls. Although I'm not a bird watcher myself, and I don't have the equipment to photograph them well, I still can't resist taking photos of them on my cycling trips around the lake. My favorites are the snowy egrets.
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