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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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.