|White-tailed Sea-eagles (male with the fish)|
Toyanogata, Niigata, Japan
All photographs February to March 4, 2012
Range: 200 metres. Cropped image:
Nikon 1 V1, FT1 + Nikkor AF-S 300mm f4 and Nikon 1.4xTC II on flimsy tripod.
Equal to 1134mm
I've been learning more about White-tailed Sea-eagles visiting Niigata in the Winter months. They're not abundant but they can be found at various locations around Niigata City: Toyanogata, Fukushimagata, and Sakata all have a couple each. It's not easy to get close views however, other than a lucky fly-by. I've had just a handful of such encounters which are usually very fleeting. Usually they're sitting out of reach in the middle of an island (as above) or out in the marshes and wetlands. I guess that's the way big eagles like it.
Anyway with such distances, I experimented with different equipment. I normally don't have good long-lens technique nor handle a tripod well so please don't judge the equipment by these images. On the days I visited the wind was quite strong and the cameras weren't held steady on my cheap flimsy tripod. I guess I should spend a few thou and get a nice heavy Gitzo or such.
Never intended to be a Nikon fanboy but I'm happy with the stuff I've got. Still love my D300 the most.
|Uncropped image with the above equipment. I think ok for 200 metres distance. |
The background is the park on the other side of the lake about a kilometre away.
|Nikon 1 V1, FT1adaptor with Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f5.6 VR on monopod.|
Equal to 810mm
A nice light combo. I think I'd like to try it on closer, passerine subjects.
|Digiscoped with Nikon P300, FSB-8 adaptor, Nikon Fieldscope ED50, eyepiece 40x W DS on flimsy tripod. |
Range 200 metres. Sharpened but uncropped.
|View of the island in the lake with Big Swan Stadium in the background. Big Swan Stadium was built for the 2002 World Cup. I think England actually played there.|
|Nikon D300 with Nikkor 80-400mm VR @400mm|
bird on the left is a Black-eared Kite
|Nikon D300 with Nikkor 80-400mm @80mm|
|D300 with 80-400 again.|
|Nikon D300 with Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4 + 1.4x TCII|
Note Big Swan at the top left.
|Nikon D300 with 300mm f4 and 1.4TC again, cropped.|
|The White-tails at Fukushimagata, Niigata, as seen from the observertory. About 250 metres.|