Summer Lovin'

Tiger Shrike

Niigata, Japan

July, 2018

I've been enjoying summer this year. I feel for those suffering from the floods though.

I have been trying to get out despite of my feebleness in the hot weather. I think winter is so long here that I should enjoy wearing t-shirts and shorts while I can. There have been some nice summer things to see including bugs, dragonflies and butterflies. I have been trying to collect images of the dragonflies to post later after I've tried to ID them. I've also seen many butterflies but mostly on the wing and out of reach of my lens. 

Yesterday was the anniversary of breaking my arm so I'm pleased I can get out with my camera. It's good to look back and realise that I have had many good days since. 

I've watched the kestrels at the cement factory court, return to the nest with food, fledge, practice hunting bugs, and disperse for another year too.

Azure-winged Magpies

newly fledged

Bull-headed Shrike


Eurasian Kestrel

Whiskered Tern


Some Summer Birds

Yellow Bittern

Niigata, Japan

May, 2018

Here are some summer birds around Niigata from the past week.

Black-browed Reed Warbler

Oriental Reed Warbler

Bull-headed Shrike

I renamed this as Bull-head Shrike from my original "Brown Shrike" label as advised by Stuart Price of Hakodate Birding. Thanks Stuart, I'm not good at shrikes. Actually, I'm excited just for the fact it's a 'shrike' as theer aren't any in Australia.

Sunny at Sakata


Niigata, Japan

December 3, 2017

Yesterday Keiko, Jonah, and Luke kindly took me to Sakata. It was sunny but very cool when we got there. It was nice to see plenty of waterfowl out on the water including Smew, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shovelers and maybe more. 

I mostly enjoyed seeing long legged birds such as egrets, Grey Herons and the very delightful Oriental Stork.

Raptors included Black-eared Kites, a very pale headed Eurasian Harrier, and several other normal harriers.

Later, we went to a farmers market and I bought some rice before we headed to a cafe for coffee and gelato. 

Wish we could do it again tomorrow!

Thanks guys!

Little Egret

Tundra Swans

Grey Heron

Oriental Stork

Great White Egret

Bull-headed Shrike


Bull-headed Shrike


Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

January 12, 2013

I'm hoping this is a Bull-headed Shrike and not a Brown Shrike. If you know better, please let me know. I'm not too familiar with either species but I'm pretty excited when I see one as Australia doesn't have any kind of shrike. If I'm with a Japanese birder they will usually ignore them and hurry off because of their threat to small birds. Supposedly it's hard to find other birds about if there is a shrike around. It is usually difficult to get close to them in Niigata so I'm happy to get these shots. I'm guessing she is a young one. Actually I have numerous distant shots of others.