Golden Week 2013 post 3

Narcissus Flycatcher

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

May 4, 2013

 This is the final installment for Golden Week 2013. It is raining now and I have to iron my socks for tomorrow. 

Actually we had nice weather the last few days and I saw some nice birds, animals and places. Also ate and drank heaps. There are quite a few flycatchers about at the moment, though shy for the camera most of the time. Saw quite a few Blue-and-Whites but they stayed higher up in the canopy than Narcissus. Both species seen at Junsai-ike and Toyanogata for the record.

Great Spotted Woodpecker


May 5, 2013

Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler


May 4

Blue-and-White Flycatcher


May 4

Red-eared Sliders


May 4 and 5

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Toyanogata, Niigata, Japan

May 6

Children's Day Celebrations

Kamo, Niigata

May 4

Siberian Chipmunk
Actually, this was at Lisu-Koen which is a fenced enclosure with lots and lots of Lisu running about the place.

"Lisu" = Squirrel, but I think they are chipmunks.

(Should have claimed it was wild)

Kamo-yama Park

May 4

Kamo-yama Koen (Park)
and below..

May 4

Golden Week 2013 post 2

Nagaoka Castle

Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan

Pentax K200D with Pentax 17-70mm - a nice kit for scenery, I think.

April 28, 2013

Part two of my Golden Week 2013 and we start off with views of Nagaoka Castle last Sunday afternoon. Don't be fooled. There were many, many humans about the place.

The bird photos were all at Junsai-ike, Niigata City on Monday morning. There was a nice variety of species to seek but bundles of tripods and agile walkers made for speedy record shots only.

Blue-and-white Flycatcher
Junsai-ike, Niigata City, Japan

April 29, 2013

All winter I schemed getting stunning shots of one of these in the sakura with Mt Fuji in the background.
After the rain and blossoms have gone I have had to settle for this record shot. Seconds after I found it a nice old man came over to me and stirred up a conversation and the bird departed up into the canopy. It's not that I'm a grumpy old birder, nor am I making excuses, it's just that...

This Great Spotted Woodpecker was wary and flew away as passers-by passed by.
He returned often but was unapproachable.
I guess everyone deserves a holiday. 

Had to shoot it as soon as I saw it as someone was stomping up behind me.
I think it is a Grey Bunting.

Again, I let all good birders down identifying these guys. I believe it is some kind of leaf warbler....
Please help Stuart and Ayuwat!!!??

Oriental Greenfinch

Actually I had a nice three day holiday!!!

Saturday Morn

Barn Swallow

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

April 13, 2013

Last Saturday morn Mr Honma and myself visited Junsai-ike from 7am til it started raining at about 10. I felt cold and called it a day. Typically it became fine and warm once I got home and packed up the camera. 

Some blossoms about but also bits of melting snow under the hedges etc. I think when the weather became finer it would have been too crowded with humans for birds. 

We saw this lost bunny when we arrived. It's haunted me since. I should have tried to catch it.

Black-faced Bunting female

Thought this was an Eurasian Siskin female however, many thanks to Pat Moll with the comment below

I think: first time for me to ID these.

male Black-faced Bunting

ID thanks to Pat Moll, comment below.

Great Spotted Woodpecker female

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker

Common Moorhen

Woodpecker Pecking.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Sakata, Niigata, April 3 2010).

I was excited about this encounter when it happened but as with busi-ness and all it all but left my mind. I haven't had too many encounters with woodpeckers in my life. I love watching them squinting and closing their eyes when they're pecking. They're delightful and busy birds.

Weasel in the Snow.

Went looking for the local Steller's Sea-eagle yesterday but no luck. (It was last seen on Friday as far as I know) Anyway, it was a beautiful day and I got some firsts. The highlight of the day for me for sure was my first ever weasel. A Japanese Weasel (Mustela itatsi) to be precise. "Itachi" -Japanese.

I was most impressed with this little beauty. ....and got as many pics as I could before she/he disappeared.

My other first was the Great Spotted Woodpecker (below). I saw both a male and female from a distance but only photographed the female. (Hopefully I'll get closer next time)

Actually, I took over 500 photos for the day. Struth. An unusually big haul for me. It's gonna take a while to get through them. (All at Fukushimagata, Niigata)