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
Daurian Redstart

Daurian Redstart
Daurian Redstart
Daurian Redstart
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.

Buds and Sprouts.

There are four seasons in Niigata - Spring, Summer, Autumn and the Ice Age. To say that joy can be had at the first signs of Spring is an understatement. -But well worth he wait.

Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Daurian Redstart (female)

Red-flanked Bluetail (female)

Have to look this last guy up. All photos at Junsai-ike Niigata City, April 8, 2010.

Next week, the blossoms should be in full glory. I'd love to get that Flycatcher posing in the middle of them. There will be buckets of people there though.

Some Japanese Birds

Niigata, Japan
Spring 2008. An egret at the edge of the wetlands. Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan.

A Common Gull, Larus canus, flies up
the Shinano River, January 2008.
A Whooper Swan overhead at Fukushimagata, January 2008.

I need a better shot of this beauty.
A Narcissus Flycatcher, Toyanogata, 2008.

Good action! A Black-eared Kite attacks a Grey Heron. The heron was certainly shocked and had to make a run for it. The photo was taken on the wrong side of a busy road. Shitada, Niigata, 2006.

A Brown-eared Bulbul along the Shinano River, 2007.

I was surprised to find these Australians living wildly between the rice fields of Japan!
This is a rare record here.

Black Swans, Niigata, Japan, 2006.

Black-tailed Gull. Along the Shinano River, Niigata in 2007.

A newly fledged Long-earred Owl at Toyanogata, Niigata, May 2009.

A male Bull-headed Shrike at Toyanogata, Niigata, 2007.

A young Peregrine Falcon rockets by at Fukushimagata on my birthday in 2007. (November 3!)

A Black-eared Kite eating on the wing at Hyoko in 2007.

An Intermediate Egret flies along with its legs crossed. Fukushimagata 2007.

A newly fledged Northern Goshawk changes branches in a city park. Niigata City, June 2009.

A Yellow Bittern standing on a lotus leaf in the summer of 2005. Fukushimagata, Niigata.

Greater White-fronted Geese fly overhead at Fukushimagata in January 2008.

Bean Geese fly overhead at Fukushimagata. January 2008

A Daurian Redstart at Toyano in the late winter of 2008.

A Grey Wagtail along the Shinano River in 2007.

A Japanese Wagtail at Fukushimagata in 2008.

Post edit: I now think this is a female Red-cheeked Starling aslo known as a Chestnut-cheekd Starling. But I had this rant about it before if you could be bothered reading:  In May 2008, I was walking along in Toyosaka, Niigata when I was astounded to see a beautiful, kestrel-like male Amur Falcon flying towards me. With my camera safley in my backpack, I watched as it flew over the road and shrank into the distance. A moment later, I stood motionless as the female of the same species followed the same path as its mate. About 5 minutes later and I reached a group of trees from which the falcons had appeared and discovered this, what I think is a Daurian Starling. Mostly found in the same area of China where the Amur falcons are found.

In May 2009, I found this Chestnut-cheeked Starling sitting on top of a tree in the exact place I'd seen the Amur Falcons one year earlier.

A Carrion Crow flying high over pavement to drop a nut. They do this again and again until they are rewarded with the nut cracking open to reveal its contents.

A Japanese Green Pheasant flies along the edge of the lake at Toyano, Niigata 2008.

A Brown-eared Bulbul wears pollen on its face while feeding in a plum tree at Toyano, 2008.

A male Northern Pintail scoots across the water at Hyoko, Niigata. 2007.

A Long-tailed Tit with a mozzie at Toyano, Niigata, 2008.

A young Steller's Sea-eagle had a swoop towards some seals on the ice. The eagle continued onwards but the seals were noticeably startled. Shiretoko 2006.

A Peregrine Falcon grabbed a cormorant at Fukushimagata, Niigata.

The pair spiralled downwards and the falcon let go when they hit the water. 2006.

A Black-eared Kite tries to grab something at Hyoko, Niigata in 2008.

Black-eared Kites trying to steal food at Hyoko, Niigata, 2006.