Riverside stroll in spring

I walked along the Takano river and the Kamo river in Kyoto last saturday. The following is the course of the stroll.

The following is Takano river near the Demachi-yanagi station. Flowers of the cherry trees on the bank have almost fallen away, but rape seeds are in bloom on the shoals.

We can see many sagi (white egrets) in this area, but I saw the birds with black and white feathers (photo below) for the first time. It seems they are tufted ducks that are called kinkuro-hajiro in Japanese.

Riverside way near the Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden is called Nakaragi-no-Michi, or the Path of Nakaragi. There are many weeping cherry trees on the bank. The path was like a flower tunnel.