Each year at Isahaya, several Amur Falcons visit to stock up before embarking on their incredible journey to the east coast of Africa where they spend the northern hemisphere winter.
It is only in autumn that they occur in Japan, as they return to their breeding grounds in the Russian Far East via a different route that takes them through India and central China.
At Isahaya it is often the juveniles that pass through – the adult birds seem to migrate closer to the continent using islands such as Tsushima and Goto.
This year seems to have been a good year for breeding, as the number of juveniles has surpassed the previous few season and even an immature male bird has been observed – usually it is only female birds that visit Isahaya.
John Wright is an Australian wildlife photographer and bird guide based in Kyushu, Japan. John became seriously engaged in nature photography while living in Japan and then Thailand. He returned to Japan in 2008 and has since concentrated on wildlife photography, especially birds. John visits Southeast Asia and Australia regularly, but usually travels within the Japanese archipelago, where he also guides visiting birders and wildlife photography enthusiasts.
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