Monkeys …

We had wandered around Matsumoto castle and the adjacent museum and taken a turn around the moat which was, in fact, not a bad spot for finding a few birds.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Eastern Spot-billed Duck
Eastern Spot-billed Duck
Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher

Then we headed for Kambayashi.

We made a brief stop at a mountain pass on the way. Once back on the bus Mineko-san was immediately on her mobile phone, no doubt to alert the hotel of our impending arrival. As always, her telephone conversation was accompanied by much bowing, nowhere in the world needs video accompaniment to the telephone more than Japan.

And beyond her, through the bus window, I saw our first Japanese Macaques. Tomorrow we would get much better views …

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