72-year-old Japanese photographer travels Vietnam to capture birds

By Nhu Lich, Thanh Nien News

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Ohsaku Eiichirou says his recent trip to Vietnam was a special treat.
The 72-year-old Japanese photographer spent days and nights taking wildlife pictures, adding to his portfolio nearly 400 new photos of 40 bird and 15 butterfly species in Vietnam.
“I will gift the pictures I took at the Cat Tien National Park to the park’s management board,” he said.
Among his bird pictures, Eiichirou really likes those that he took of kingfishers, depicting the birds in various activities from resting to flying and fishing.
During the two weeks visiting Vietnam during the Lunar New Year holiday, he saved most of his time taking photos at Cat Tien National Park and in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
When staying in Ho Chi Minh City, he enjoyed finding new inspirations for his pictures at Gia Dinh and Le Van Tam parks.
Nguyen Van Hung of Dong Nai Province, who guided him at Cat Tien National Park, said he admired Eiichirou’s patience.
“Sometimes, he can wait for hours to have a nice shot of a bird,” he said.
Eiichrou began to pursue his photography hobby more than 45 years ago.
“It brings me peaceful moments,” he said.
 
The photographer has taken pictures of about 350 bird and 125 butterfly species in Japan, which have been displayed at more than 30 exhibitions around Tokyo.
Asked about differences between birds in Japan and Vietnam, Oiichirou pointed out a sad thing that he has observed.
“Birds in Vietnam are very afraid of human and can sneak away very fast. I think it is because many people here often keep them in cages and hunt them for food.”

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