Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Flycatcher Time


Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

April 29, 2015


Here are some flycatcher pics from this morning's outing with Mr Honma to Junsai-ike. Today was the Showa holiday to kick off the Golden Week holidays. We didn't really see much else but I was happy to see these. There seemed to be a few of these flycatchers about the place but they are becoming more wary. 

Still, a good morning. Back to work for a couple of days then 5 big days off for the real Golden Week!




Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sing for Spring


Black-faced Bunting

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

April 19, 2015



Some pics from last Sunday's outing to Junsai-ike with Mr Honma. Happy to see little birds singing on a nice day.



Great Tit

Japanese White-eye

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ol' Pink Ears and Friends


Pink-eared Ducks and Grey Teal

Wyreema Water Treatement Plant, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014




I took these pics when out with Michael Atzeni last September. Pink-eared Ducks are wonderful little ducks but all the birds here were very shy and hard to approach. I took these pics with the D800 and a 400mm lens. Very difficult to get satisfying close-ups but it was a thrill to see them in the air above our noses.



Grey Teal


Pink-eared Duck

Grey Teal


Pink-eared Ducks


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Steller no Cry



At 59cm, Large-billed Crows (also known as Jungle Crows, Thick-billed Crows or Japanese Crows) are 5 centimetres bigger than Australian Ravens. In this movie we see them harass an adult Steller's Sea-eagle. We can see and hear the eagle cry-out at one point. Sadly, I just used the Nikon 1 V1 in-built mic with settings for wind reduction so the sound is soft. When I was standing there, it was quite loud and clear. The movie was taken on February 21, 2015 in Niigata, Japan.

I'm sorry, it's not really a nice movie so to cheer you up, below is a photo at a restaurant I recently visited in Niigata City, Japan.