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.
Two Australian Flutterers at Gold Creek back in March.
The above are some images of Graphic Flutterer. Below, Yellow-striped Flutterer. They are well named. They do flutter.
Golden Week 2019 is soon setting into history. My passerine photo collection still wains behind large easy to photograph raptors and here are my only successes. I tried hard but didn’t find many subjects other than these. These three are still excitement for tired eyes, a sore throat and blocked nose.
Here are some more dragonflies from Gold Creek as seen back in March.
To be honest, I find even simple and seemingly obvious identifications are challenging due to various lighting conditions, and I can”t recall their sizes.
Here we go..
Above, I believe is a Black-headed Skimmer finding some nourishment.
The slideshow above is of three views of a Palemouth. Although, I think the middle one looks strange in the light.
Some more dragonfly pictures from my outing in Brisbane back at the end of March. Thank you to Chris Burwell and Rod Hobson for help with identifications.
I was trying to capture many in flight and was spending some time trying to capture Water Princes mating and noticed every now and then a larger Emperor would hastily charge through. I was lucky to capture some interesting behaviour.
Dare I stumble in the dark in the presence of dragons.
I had a really wonderful experience back at the end of March searching for dragonflies at Gold Creek near Brisbane with an enthusiastic band of Dragonfly seekers. Thank you to Rod Hobson and Chris Burwell et al. for directions and advice on dragonflies around that special place. The place was a hum with a variety of dragonflies and lots of happy people studying them. It was a nice way to wake up after a long winter in Japan.
The images I am uploading here, I am naming from memory, and could be possibly messing up badly on an international stage. But here I will fumble and fall to be battle scarred and wiser for future ventures into the realms of dragons. Plus I took about 1700 pics on the day and have a lot to get through. I am also referring to my copy of “The Complete Field guide to Dragonflies of Australia”, By Gunther Theischinger and John Hawking, CSIRO, 2012.
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.
Last Monday was a pretty special day. It was filled with Australian meat pies and lots of good company, beautiful birds, blue sky, and sunshine. I got a little sunburnt. I took lots of photos and hope to add them little by little to this blog. Thank you to Mick and Rod. Our outings are always special and a major experience for me on my visits home.
If you have ever seen a wild sea-eagle pass by your nose, I’m sure you thrilled at their great size and powerful movement. No wonder eagles are such symbols of earthly magnificence. In the above slide show, we can see a young White-bellied Sea-eagle passing in front of an Australian Pelican. What a sight!
Below, are some of the huge birds that floated by us at the water’s edge of Lake Coolmunda, Queensland, Australia. All photos were taken within minutes.
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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.
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.