Eastern buzzards are common at farmlands in northern part of Japan. They sometimes take over breeding territories of gray-faced buzzards, another apex predator of farmland ecosystems, in Tohoku and Kanto regions.
Like other raptors, gray-faced buzzards have large variations in their plumage. This is a dark-plumaged male.
In April, especially around the cherry blossom season, male gray-faced buzzards usually perch on the top of the utility poles standing at levees of paddy fields and frequently call in order to establish their breeding territories (drew with Paper on iPad Air).
Frogs without finger disks like true frogs and common frogs could not climb up concrete walls when they fall into deep ditches. And if it's before the mid-season drainage of paddy fields these fallen frogs are likely to be died of the ditches because water levels are high and flows are fast there (caricatured on Keynote for Mac).
I've stayed at Kagoshima to join the ESJ62 for five days in mid-March. I think Sakura-jima, an active volcano, and trams are symbols of this comfortable city (drew with Paper on iPad Air).
Patanga japonica. This grasshopper species is harbored by grasses in paddy fields and forest edges of south East Asia. They overwinter as adults though most other grasshoppers survive the winter as eggs in Japan (drew with Paper on iPad Air).
Gray-faced buzzards, a migratory raptor breeding in East Asia, properly hunt their prey on paddy fields and deciduous broad-leaved forests (drew with Paper on iPad Air).