This morning there was heavy snow in Shiga, Japan. Around noon, I was walking on the shore of Lake Biwa. The snow had turned to sleet and rain. For just one moment the sky opened and this rainbow appeared, then it grew cloudy again and began to snow.
This is a red kite, which is a variety of small hawk common around Lake Biwa, Japan. We saw him on our walk earlier this week.
Another photo from near my house.
There was more than a foot of snow last night, in addition to nearly a foot of snow from the day before. Of course, it was melting fast by the time I got out of bed, but this was the scene on the road in front of my house today around noon.
I saw this guy roosting on a telephone poll while I was waiting for the bus today near my house. It is a black kite (a sort of small hawk). In Japan they call the bird a tonbi (鳶).