The red-crowned crane, also called the Japanese crane or Manchurian crane, is a large East Asian crane among the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity, and fidelity. I took the image while I was leading another Hokkaido Photography Tour Japan.  Wikipedia  

The black kite is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors.  Blain took this image while leading a group of international birders on a Hokkaido Wildlife photography workshop tour Japan.   Wikipedia

The glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) is the second largest gull in the world which breeds in Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and winters South. This dominant gull is very pale in all plumages, with no black on either of the wings or the tail. Blain Photographed this Glaucous Gull while leading a Winter Hokkaido Photography Tour group of international birders. Wikipedia  

Little grebes, also known as dabchicks, are quite small and rather dumpy birds with blunt rear ends. They are dark brown, with a chestnut-brown throat and face. This chestnut color becomes richer and more shiny during the breeding season.  Blain photographed this pair of little grebes during his annual autumn in Japan photography tour.    The Japan Times 

The azure-winged magpie is a bird in the crow family. It is 31–35 cm long and similar in overall shape to the Eurasian magpie.  It belongs to the genus Cyanopica.  Blain Photographed these magpies while leading a birding vacation photo tour Japan on one of the greatest birding migrations routes on our planet in Toyama, Japan.   Wikipedia

The Eurasian nuthatch or wood nuthatch is a small passerine bird found throughout temperate Asia and in Europe, where its name is the nuthatch.  Blain Harasymiw photographed this nuthatch while leading a Hokkaido wildlife winter photography tour workshop in northern Japan.  Wikipedia

Kingfishers or Alcedinidae are a family of small to medium-sized, brightly colored birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species found outside the Americas. This kingfisher Blain photographed while  leading a Japan birding photography workshop tour in the Kanazawa region.  Wikipedia

The Japanese macaque, also known as the snow monkey, is a terrestrial Old World monkey species that is native to Japan.  Blain photographed the Alpha male while on a magazine assignment in Nagano, Japan.  Wikipedia 

Steller's sea eagle is a large diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It was originally described by Peter Simon Pallas in 1811. No subspecies are recognised.  Blain photographed these eagles while leading another Hokkaido Winter Wildlife Photography Tour Workshop in Japan.    Wikipedia




 The marsh tit is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae and genus Poecile, closely related to the willow, Père David's and Songar tits. It is small with a black crown and nape, pale cheeks, brown back and greyish-brown wings and tail.  Blain photographed this Marsh Tit while leading a Hokkaido Photography Wildlife Tour.   Wikipedia

The Japanese white-eye, also known as the mejiro, is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family. The specific epithet is occasionally written japonica, but this is incorrect due to the gender of the genus. Its native regions include most East Asia, including Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and has been introduced to other parts of the world. Blain Harasymiw annual leads around half a dozen Japan birding photo tours to photograph Cherry blossom and the Japanese white-eye mejiro bird.  



The mallard is a freshwater duck which usually feeds in shallow water by dabbling and upending. They Breed throughout the temperate and subtropical Asia Pacific regions of Japan, Eurasia, Americas, and North Africa and has been introduced to various other regions. The male drake ducks have a glossy green head and grey on the wings and belly. Both sexes have white bordered black, or iridescent blue feathers called a speculum on their wings. Blain Harasymiw photographed these mallard ducks while leading a Japan Guided Tour in Tokyo, Japan.

The white-tailed eagle, also known as the ern, erne, gray eagle, Eurasian sea eagle and white-tailed sea-eagle, is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which includes other raptors such as hawks, kites, and harriers.   Image taken while I was leading another Japan birding photography tour workshop in Hokkaido, Japan.  Wikipedia  

The Okinawa rail (Gallirallus Okinawae) belongs to the rail family, Rallidae. It is endemic to Okinawa Japan where it is known as the Yanaru Kuina, its existence was confirmed in 1978. It is a medium sized almost flightless rail with short wings and tail, olive and brown upperparts, black underparts with white bars and a red bill and legs. Blain photographs these rails while leading birding photo tours Okinawa Japan.  Wikipedia  

The water rail is a bird of the rail family which breeds in well-vegetated wetlands across Asia, Europe and North Africa.  This water rail was photographed by Blain while leading a birding photography tour Japan.  Wikipedia



The Yezo sika deer is one of the many subspecies of the sika deer. The sika that inhabit the island of Hokkaido are indigenous, although it is not known whether they originated there or migrated from the main island of Japan. I photographed this Yezo sika deer while leading a Hokkaido Photography Tour Japan.   Wikipedia  


The Daurian Redstart is a small passerine bird from temperate Asia. In Japan, it is known as Jobitaki. Its length is 14 to 15 cm, and its weight is 11 to 20 g. Blain photographed this Durian Restart while leading a photo tour on Sado Island in Japan. Wikipedia

The swallows and martins, or Hirundinidae, are a family of passerine birds found around the world on all continents except Antarctica. Highly adapted to aerial feeding, they have a distinctive appearance. There are around 83 species in 19 genera, with the greatest diversity found in Africa, which is also thought to be where they evolved as hole-nesters. They also occur on a number of oceanic islands. A number of Japan's European and North American species are long-distance migrants; by contrast, the West and South African swallows are non-migratory. Blain photographed these three little swallows while leading a photography tour in Mt. Fuji Yamanashi, Japan.   Wikipedia  

The great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) is a medium-sized woodpecker with pied black and white plumage and a red patch on the lower belly.  This species is found across Eurasia and parts of North Africa.  Photographed while leading a Hokkaido wildlife photo tour in northern Japan.   Wikipedia 

The brown-headed thrush, sometimes known as the brown thrush, is a species of bird in the family Turdidae.Image taken while I was leading a birding photo tour Kyoto Japan. Wikipedia 

The Oriental stork is a large, white bird with black wing feathers in the stork family Ciconiidae. It was once thought to be extinct in Japan.  Blain photographed this endangered Oriental Stork in Japan while leading a birding photo tour Niigata.  Wikipedia

The grey wagtail is a member of the wagtail family, Motacillidae, measuring around 18–19 cm overall length. The species looks somewhat similar to the yellow wagtail but has the yellow on its underside restricted to the throat and vent. Breeding males have a black throat. The species is widely distributed, with several populations breeding in Europe and Asia and migrating to tropical regions in Asia and Africa. Blain Photographed this wagtail while leading another birding photo tour Tokyo Japan. Wikipedia  

The Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus) is a huge Northern Hemisphere Swan. These swans can be easily identified from other swans by the color of their bill, which has orangey yellow markings. Blain photographed these swans flying through a snowstorm while he was leading a birding wildlife photography workshop on Sado Island Niigata, Japan.  Wikipedia  

The mute swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan and a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. It is native to much of North Asia, Central Asia, Eurasia, and the far north of Africa. It is an introduced species in North America, Australasia, and southern Africa. Blain Photographed this Mute Swan while leading another international birding Japan photography tour in the Mt. Fuji region.  Wikipedia 

The Japanese Weasel (Mustela itatsi) is a carnivorous mammal belonging to the Mustelidae family. The Mustelidae is a family of carnivorous mammals, including weasels, badgers, otters, martens, mink, and wolverines, among others. Mustelids are diverse and the largest family in the order Carnivora. Blain’s team filmed this Japanse Weasel while on a Wildlife Winter Hokkaido Photography Tour Japan.  Wikipedia  

The Japanese Serow is a Japanese Antelope-Goat. It is found in dense woodlands in Japan and is known for its agility and speed in traversing steep mountain regions. Blain Harasymiw’s team filmed this Japanese Serow while on a photography vacation workshop tour for international wildlife photographers in the snow monkey region in Nagano, Japan.  Wikipedia  

The Japanese dwarf flying squirrel is one of two species of the old world flying squirrels. Native to Japan they inhabit forests and boreal evergreen forests on Honshu and Kyushu islands. During the day these squirrels are comfortable in their den or hole mostly in the coniferous tree, emerging at night to feed. In 2019 - 2020 Blain will be once again leading Japan photography workshop vacation tours to photograph these amazing dwarf flying squirrels in the wild forests an hours drive from the middle of Tokyo.

The green pheasant is the national bird of Japan. The Japanese green pheasant is unique, and it appears in Japanese folklore and is an indispensable part of the Japanese cultural landscape. The green pheasant is native to Japan to which it is endemic. Blain photographs the green pheasant while leading yet another Japanese exotic dreamscape birding photography tour, for international and Japanese photographers.  Wikipedia  

The Kai Ken is a breed of dog that hails from Japan where it is a national monument and has been bred for centuries. It is a rare dog even in its native land and is one of the six native Japanese dog breeds protected by the Nihon Ken Hozonkai. Hachi is this Kai Ken’s Name and is part of Blain’s family who often accompanies him while Blain and his Team of expert photographers and explorers explore new regions for upcoming new and exciting Japan photography vacation tours & workshops.   Wikipedia  

The ruddy kingfisher ranges from South Korea and Japan in the north, south through the Philippines to the Sunda Islands, and west to China and India. It is migratory, with birds in the northern part of the range migrating as far south as Borneo during winter. Locally common in southern parts of its range, the ruddy kingfisher is rare in Japan, where it is highly sought after by birders. Ruddy kingfishers inhabit forested areas from the temperate to tropical zones, often in thick jungles and rainforests. During hot years Blain leads birding Photography tours on the Southern Islands of Japan to photograph and film the Rudy Kingfisher. wikipedia

Kawazuzakura is the earliest blooming Sakura in Japan. The Kawazuzakura/Cherry Blossom tree is well known in the Izu Peninsula and blooms in February. This species of Cherry Blossoms with its beautiful vibrant pink cherry pebble flowers is a must see, "so don't forget to add it to your bucket list." Blain Harasymiw annually leads many Japan hanami photo tours to view these beautiful early bloomers. Blain also leads Japan birding photo tours to photograph the Japanese white-eye, Meijiro bird feasting on the sweet nectar of the Kawazuzakura Cheery Blossom Flower.  wikipedia