Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan
February 22, 2014
Decided to go out for a big walk at Fukushimagata today. We're having a mild winter compared to normal years. The rest of Japan is copping it, but as you can see there is little snow here. It's usually the other way around. I still had to cover myself up. Most days have had a maximum of 3c but apart from some light snow squalls are pretty fine.
It was good to get out on my feet after being held up indoors at work. I actually felt that I wasn't seeing or photographing much but am pretty happy with my bag now that I've looked inside.
My feet are killing me now.
Numbers seem to be decreasing every year.
|The regular peregrine I refer to as "the Peales"|
|Every now and then the birds of the water would stir up an flock and I'd just take random shots. Here I just caught an adult goshawk at the lower left. I didn't see when it was live. Just too many things going around.|
|Eastern Marsh Harrier|
|I found a possible Eurasian Spoonbill in the collection once I downloaded my files. They are quite rare here.|
|Something stirred up these Lapwings behind me then I went around the corner and found the 'Peales' on the wing, as below.|
|It doesn't seem to mind the several photographers with big lenses on tripods pointing right at it every time I visit.|
Even returning to where they are standing.
|I thought this might be a Vega Gull but I have no idea really. Sadly I take a lot of pictures of gulls in Niigata but I remain gull-blind as to what they are.|
Any advice is most welcome. Thank you!!