On the Move

Eastern Buzzard
looks young

Sakata, Niigata, Japan

September 19, 2018


I was lucky enough to have a few days off mid-week this week and the weather was much better than the previous weekend. Sunny and warm, but not too hot.

I went to Sakata yesterday and encountered a few raptors on the move: a pair of peregrines, one osprey, usual Black-eared Kites and my first encounter with an Eastern Buzzard for the coming cold months.  It was nice to see them as I think I'll miss seeing the raptor migration this year from Mt Yamamoto.

There are still lots of insects but I spared you from them. Many the same and others I'd have to identify. It might be a good exercise for me on a rainy day but I'm not in the mood today. I walked between rice fields and large numbers of green grasshoppers parted like the sea as I moved. Not good for the farmers I'd say.

I set my camera for j-pegs last week and forgot to reset it back to RAW and although my tired old computer found it easier to edit the files I'm not so excited by green/purple casting and a soapy finish to the images. 

Sorry, I've failed to put subheadings to my images. Maybe I will edit them sometime in the future. I have to attend to a needy, howling dog at the moment.


























Tombi

Black-eared Kite

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

January 7, 2018


"Tombi" is a casual Japanese name for Black-eared Kite. "Tobi" is more usual.

I guess I have to look at these photos with 'the glass is half full' attitude.

The first 4 pics below are not cropped. Except for the wings.











Flu



A week has passed since I went to Hyoko. It was very disappointing to find it has been closed since December because of Bird Flu. Bird Flu was found in Niigata at the end of November. I think it is just a precautionary. Many birds were out there, I just couldn't enter and maybe it is safer to stay away.

It is sad for the birds because I'm sure they miss the free handouts provided by visitors. I read that a lot of poultry had been destroyed. Let's hope it is no longer around.



Great White Egret

Tundra Swan

Rock Dove


Black-eared Kite

A walk around Fukushimagata

Fukushimagata

Niigata, Japan

May 15, 2016


 It was early summer out there today. I went for bit of a walk around Fukushimagata. Didn't really find anything new. The bird of the day was "Grey Heron". They were everywhere. Also spot-billed Duck and Mallard. A small sprinkling of egrets and other small herons but I didn't take any pics. 

I also saw Oriental Goldfinch, Oriental Reed Warblers, sparrows, Chestnut-cheeked Starlings, and Black-eared Kites. I realised today that I haven't seen Ospreys here for a least 3 years now. They were always here before that during summer. I think the trees are less now.




This Large-billed Crow didn't like me walking near its nest.








The iWants

Northern Goshawk

Adult

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

February 21, 2016

Sony RX100iii held up to a Nikon ED50 field scope

I didn't bring an adaptor!



I want a big new spotting scope. Either Zeiss, Swarovski, or Leica will do.  The above goshawk looked fantastic through my little scope but I imagined a nice, intimate portrait with snow and dead reeds would have been nice. Looking through my scope the breeze was blowing the reeds in and out of the way and the soft feathers on the hawk's chest were fluffed up. The goshawk was interested in the ducks on the water and its yellow eyes peered through the reeds, sometimes almost directly at us. 



Nikon D7100 with Nikkor AF-S 300F4


Black-eared Kite




I got ready with my D7100 and 300 f4 when it looked like flying anf it came right at me. I messed up though, the camera just got stuck on the background.





I lost focus after this shot and didn't regain it until it had almost passed me.



Rock Dove
 I only brought my little scope and D7100 with the Nikkor 300 f4. These photos show why I like that set up. I wasn't ready for the goshawk.

Anyway. It was a fruitful outing.
Northern Pintail

female

Northern Pintail

male

Common Pochard

Whooper Swan



Eurasian Teal

male