Some Golden Birds 2017

Narcissus Flycatcher

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

May 4, 2017


Golden Week Holidays now. I went to Junsai-ike for a few hours yesterday and again today. 

Patience pays off with some flycatcher encounters. I also saw the below heron catch a massive fish but dropped it when an excited family approached it. 

It's supposed to rain tomorrow so I'll have to stay happy with these.


Grey Heron

Blue-and-white Flycatcher


May 3, 2017




Golden Week Birds Niigata 2014


I guess this is a female Narcissus Flycatcher

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

May 3, 2014


Don’t let these beautiful birds fool you, I’ve been rather miserable for the last week. We had a nice start to the four day Golden Week holidays last Saturday morning, arriving at Junsai-ike before 8:30am. It was nice sitting beneath the blooming trees but most of these photographs were taken in about a 20 minute period just after 1:30pm when I could see small insects coming out of the trees and bringing the birds. 

We went to a nice restaurant that evening and my nose began to run.

I don’t remember the two middle days of the holidays but I did lots of sneezing and couldn’t sleep well for a blocked nose. 

Tuesday was the last day of the holidays so we went back to Junsai-ike for more but I got only a single shot of the Blue-and-white Flycatcher sitting on a small waterfall just 5 minutes after we arrived - the final picture in this set, which I have framed for you.

We sat, walked and watched again to about 1:30, but no more birds appeared. In the meantime my cold was becoming unbearable with sneezing and shivers and running nose. I took off my glasses and gasped to see them coated in yellow, sticky, dusty, pollen. Time to call the holidays to an end. I realised, it wasn't a cold.



Blue-and-white Flycatcher

female

Blue-and-white Flycatcher

male



Narcissus Flycatcher

male

Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler


Blue-and-white Flycatcher

male

May 6, 2014

Black-faced Bunting

May 6, 2014

"Oruri" - "The Colour Earth" Junsai-ike, May 6, 2014

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

Junsai-ike

May 5, 2013

Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler

Junsai-ike

May 4

Blue-and-White Flycatcher

Junsai-ike

May 4

Red-eared Sliders

Junsai-ike

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










The Golden Narcissus.

Narcissus Flycatcher

Golden_Week has come and gone for another year. The ceaseless winter all but passed spring by and we suddenly enjoyed weather typical for late spring and early summer. I enjoyed a variety of things including just three birding occassions. 1. On Saturday, May 1, we went to Nagaoka and Kasabori Dam. 2. We went to Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture, and for the final "golden" day, Thursday May 6th, I went to Junsai-ike and chased  Narcissus Flycatchers. Here in reverse order, are photos from those days...

Thursday May 6th, Junsai-ike.



There were at least two Narcissus Flycatchers with subtle differences. One had richer, darker throat colours and another one appeared to have more of a flat yellow surrounding it's chest, and throat. I found it tricky to get satisfying exposures. (Shadows and bright spots splashed around a contrasty subject in itself. I think if I exposed the face and head of the flycatchers I overexposed their bodies, flattening out their colours too much.)







Blossoms have dropped and been replaced by young leaves.






Monday May 3rd, Fukushima Prefecture...

Looking up at the Aizuwakamatsu castle of Fukushima.

A view from the top of the castle.


The wall crossing the canal around the castle.

After visiting the castle we went to a small but beautiful park in the town and I found nesting Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers. I enjoyed trying to photograph them among the cherry blossoms.


Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker










Saturday May 1st, Kasabori Dam, Niigata Prefecture...




View across Kasabori Dam from the dam wall.




Looking back behind the wall. Hmmn. Let's go and look in those cherry trees...




Japanese White-eye




..Oh no! It's doing a number 2. I wouldn't like to be standing under it.

...And a Brown-eared Bulbul with a bee to finish with.

It was so nice to have some fine days that were also holidays!