The Forgotten Post


Eurasian Teal male

Also known as Common Teal

Anas Crecca

Sakata, Niigata, Japan

2010

I found a folder in my documents with these edited pics from 2010. I think I prepared them to post on this blog but forgot all about them. Anyway, I realised it's a while since I posted anything from Japan so here goes. I have some new pics from the last month but am too lazy to download them (Sorry, soon).

Eurasian Teal will come in good numbers from next month and spend the winter in Niigata (Hopefully and if the world doesn't end). They are quite wild but some will surprisingly allow close observation as demonstrated with these pics taken at the Sakata wetlands in Niigata with Nikon D300 and 300f4 lens.

By the way, thank you for your comments, however, I'm not sure if they'll disappear without my control as seems to be what has happened with comments on some recent posts. I had 12 on the last post but then there were just 2 and another time I checked there were zero. Yet, I just checked again and there were 4. (Something wrong with them loading, maybe?) I have the blog set to receive comments from Google + but wanted to go back to the old form. However, once I tried that and all the comments from the year disappeared. What a bother. I do enjoy checking your comments. Thanks and hope to hear from you.






Duck Season

young Northern Goshawk
(Fukushimagata, Niigata, October 1, 2011)
Nikon D300 + Nikkor af-s 300mm f4 + 1.4TCII
Ventured to Fukushimagata with the intention of finding young goshawks hunting ducks. Turned out, I wasn't disppointed. All this action happened on arrival. I found them doing the same over the last two years in the same spot from the end of September. Adults should come in a couple of weeks and that should really stir up the mud.. My photos last year and the year before were disappointing but I was happy with these results. Still have to get my dream shot of a goshawk toe to tail with a duck at close range. Guess I'll have to go back.










Bit of a territory dispute






Using a monopod with ballhead does help.










I took a lot of pot shots as the goshawks would just disappear in the numbers.


Lighting conditions changed frequently as conditions went from sunny to cloudy with a couple of squalls but then sunny ten minutes later again. A lot of action happened during the rainy patches.  







Hopefully, more ducks will come over the next few weeks so the action should come even closer to the water's edge.

Three Hours Off.

Japanese Green Pheasant
(Toyanogata, Niigata, April 6 2011)

Took three hours off this afternoon. So glad I did. The light was really beautiful. Went for a walk around Toyanogata, Niigata.

Japanese Green Pheasant
Varied Tit

Varied Tit

Varied Tit
Black-eared Kite
Common Teal
Daurian Redstart
(male)
Daurian Redstart

Daurian Redstart
Daurian Redstart
(female)
Daurian Redstart
(female)
Actually, this last one was in my camera from a walk in the same area on Sunday, when it was cloudy and a bit dull.

Quiet Skies

Black-eared Kite

Out of harms way but we're still swaying from time to time. I watched the news all last night and again this morning and finally had to go out. I went to Toyanogata at about 2pm but it was so quiet for birds. I couldn't even find a crow. Eventually by 4pm I heard a couple of faint calls and some birds began to appear. I got these shots within minutes. The sky had been so clear and quiet.

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker
...I think you can see his tongue.
Great Cormorant
Common Teal