Prince Henry with Mick

Prince Henry Drive is always a special place for a wander. Best enjoyed with good company. I always remember the highlights of each walk and who I was with. I remember I was with Kevin, Kay and Plaxy when I got one of my favourite Grey Goshawks pics there. This time Michael Atzeni and I shared views of a passing Regent Bowerbird, as well as many other treats. Maybe my favourite picture of the day is of a Red-browed Finch which was channeling the forces of all the known universes through a single, freshly acquired branch of grass seeds. The little bird seemed so calm and confident with such a responsibility. Makes all our election fears, global and social anxieties on this small planet seem meaningless in their brief passing. It was such a wonderful thing to witness with Mick.

Olive-backed Oriole

Olive-backed Oriole

Lewin’s Honeyeater

Lewin’s Honeyeater

White-throated Needletail

White-throated Needletail

Teal in Petals

Well, Golden week is finally here. It really is gold this year. I have buckets of files to stoop down through from both Australia and Japan for the last few months and I hope I can finally start to get into it. Many dragonflies, birds, reptiles and mammals.

For a start to the holidays, it”s nice to see some spring blossoms. Here are some from last week.

Winter's End

Here are some recent images from Niigata. It’s seems winter had an early end, yet snow is forecast for Wednesday. A lot of rain today. I visited some different places and suddenly the swans and ducks that made up the bulk of birdlife throughout winter have gone. The weekend was sunny and spring-like, but I found it's silence somewhat eerie.

Winter Eagles in Niigata

Saw one adult Steller’s Eagle near Fukushimagata, Niigata, yesterday. There were also two adult White-tailed Eagles and one young one at the Fukushimagata wetland area. Light was poor, but it’s still nice to see them.