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Kanda River bird photography with cherry blossoms

Kanda River bird photography!  I finally did it, and I did it with the cherry blossoms.  Yes, the flowers were in bloom.  Well, more precisely, they were at their peak.  It was going to be a great day.

Kanda River bird photography Brown-eared Bulbul

Many people were there walking, jogging or taking pictures.  The flowers bloom for only a short time, so everyone wanted one more chance to see them.  So did I.

Kanda River great egret

By the way, do you know the Kanda River?  It starts as a stream in Inokashira Park and flows east, eventually ending in the Sumida River.  My walk was along a part of it, from Takaido to Hamadayama.   


In this area, the Kanda River is like a canal.  It is narrow and has high concrete walls.  But when the cherry blossoms bloom, it comes alive.  Most years, I take photos of its trees.  2022 was different.

This time many of the trees’ branches were missing.  I haven’t been able to confirm this yet, but apparently, they had been suffering from some disease.  As a result, the decision was made to cut them to prevent its spread.  

Eastern spot billed-duck in Kanda River

So the Kanda River looked very different.  In spring, the cherry blossoms reached out over the water.  They created gorgeous in some areas.  Not any more.  Things look very different.

Furthermore, the weather failed me.  It was overcast!  The 2022 cherry blossom season was a disaster for me.  I only had one day of great weather for it.  Only one!

Kanda River bird photography pigeon

I used the Fujifilm X-T3 and 100-400 mm lens again.  For bird photography, it’s my best lens.  But the Kanda River changed my mind about that slightly.

Kanda River bird photography Brown-eared bulbul in cherry blossoms

As I already mentioned, the river is relatively narrow.  Houses and trees are on both sides.  So that meant anything in flight was difficult to spot.  I only spotted flying birds at close ranges.  A shorter lens might have been a better choice as it would have a wider field of view.

Brown-eared bulbul in tree

For my Kanda River bird photography walk, I saw:

  • Brown-eared Bulbuls
  • Great egrets
  • Pigeons
  • Crows
  • Eastern spot billed-ducks  
Tokyo pigeon

They are all standard city birds and not different from what I saw at Zenpukuji Park recently.  I’d like to go somewhere else to photograph new ones.  On the internet are many excellent websites with some great suggestions.  If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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