A Crooked Paw


Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

June 17, 2018

It's almost a year since I broke my arm. I can empathise with this Osprey. I think I have photographed the same individual before. He has a crooked paw just like me. Gladly my arm is still mending and I'm sure I have had better treatment than this bird.

I have lots of metal things in my arm and I thought they were going to come out, but now I'm told they're better off staying where they are. Now I will be just like Luke Skywalker, just without the personable cheer and the faith in the Force.

Fukushimagata, Niigata

Eurasian Cuckoo

a similar photo as one I got a few weeks ago. But now I'm confused whether it's an Eurasian or Oriental?

Advice welcomed, please.

Cold White

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

February 3, 2018
I met Luke for a few hours at Fukushimagata yesterday morning. It was sunny and warm considering appearances. You can see it's a bit misty. I hiked heaps and my legs are still sore from trying to stay upright in icy paths. No eagles yet.
I'm curious about the bunting. I think she is a female, whatever she is.

Bean Goose

Common Reed Bunting
(I think)

Don't Egret It

Great White Egret

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

November 28, 2017

After impatiently waiting for rain to go away, Monday and Tuesday were fine. I decided to take some time off and go to Fukushimagata.

Many geese and swans but few raptors. I mostly enjoyed breathing air and seeing the mountains.

Maybe it will be the last fine day before Christmas.

Grey Heron

Bean Geese



Northern Goshawk

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

October, 2017

Almost every October I have found young goshawks around Fukushimagata with their eyes on the freshly arrived teal. This year a more mature bird has been on patrol.

There is usually one or two Eastern Marsh Harriers about the place as well and this one time I managed to see the two species interact. I think the goshawk is a female. Her body seems to be much bulkier than that of the harrier.

Eastern Marsh Harrier obscured by the Northern Goshawk with Eurasian Teal in the foreground.