Japan Winter Safari: All Good Things Come to an End …

Ben Reports from the Japan Winter Safari: All Good Things Come to an End …

Here we are in Hong Kong … on the way home from an amazing safari that was filled with excitement, action and fabulous photography.

And fittingly, our final morning today in Tokyo was beautiful. We visited the Shrine of the Emperor – set in a large, manicured, lush garden paradise with massive trees. We hoped to find a Mandarin Duck or two and were thrilled to see and photograph two males and two females.

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The Ducks spend the breeding season in the mountains to the south of Tokyo, and descend to look for unfrozen water during the harsh winters. The gardens here are a welcome haven for them.

Their beautiful plumage with vivid blues and orange coloring with striking markings makes these spectacular birds appear almost unreal and painted rather fancifully.

The time for departure came, and we were very aware that it was the final leg of our journey. Now we return home to enjoy our images … and to look forward to the next safari …