On the Move

Eastern Buzzard
looks young

Sakata, Niigata, Japan

September 19, 2018


I was lucky enough to have a few days off mid-week this week and the weather was much better than the previous weekend. Sunny and warm, but not too hot.

I went to Sakata yesterday and encountered a few raptors on the move: a pair of peregrines, one osprey, usual Black-eared Kites and my first encounter with an Eastern Buzzard for the coming cold months.  It was nice to see them as I think I'll miss seeing the raptor migration this year from Mt Yamamoto.

There are still lots of insects but I spared you from them. Many the same and others I'd have to identify. It might be a good exercise for me on a rainy day but I'm not in the mood today. I walked between rice fields and large numbers of green grasshoppers parted like the sea as I moved. Not good for the farmers I'd say.

I set my camera for j-pegs last week and forgot to reset it back to RAW and although my tired old computer found it easier to edit the files I'm not so excited by green/purple casting and a soapy finish to the images. 

Sorry, I've failed to put subheadings to my images. Maybe I will edit them sometime in the future. I have to attend to a needy, howling dog at the moment.


























Sunny at Sakata

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

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



Swans




Zen and

Spot-billed Duck

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan


I saw a book advertised in a Birdlife magazine this past summer and I ordered it. It is called "The Art of Mindful Birdwatching - Reflection on Freedom & Being". It was written by Claire Thompson and published by Leaping Hare Press, UK. 

It has some nice ideas and I recommend it. 

I sometimes worry about and, and a bird a day reminds me of where I am. I'm sure many birdos would agree with this book.





Back to Birding

Peregrine Falcon

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

September 18, 2017



It's been a while since I posted some birds on this blog. I rediscovered over the weekend that walking around and photographing birds makes me happy. I should do more of it. We all should.


Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile

Great Crested Grebe

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

September 19, 2017

Common Kingfisher

Barn Swallow

Great White Egret  (above) framed by Eastern Cattle Egrets, except maybe the one on the right?

Oriental Turtle Dove

Great Crested Grebes in winter attire