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.

Ospreys Around the Wetlands


Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

June 11, 2017

Went out early this morning to Fukushimagata and had a nice encounter with this Osprey. I was using my little D7100 which worked ok but left me wishing for more frames per second. I took too many as it began diving then I had to wait for the buffer to empty as it hit the water. (I also lost focus when it was taking off again) I'll have to bite the bullet and get a D500. I tried out my D300 when I got home and although it is lower resolution, it felt a bit beefier so might go back with it next weekend.

The adult Osprey seemed busy feeding a single, newly fledged bird waiting in a small tree out in the middle of the wetlands. Maybe mum is still in a nest somewhere with other mouths to feed too. I hope.

Looks like a young one on the lower left branch.

Osprey (Japan) versus Eastern Osprey (Australia).

  Eastern Osprey, Pandion haliaetus cristatus (Cairns, August 2007)

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, (Japan - Fukushimagata, Niigata, April 2008).

Have had a handful of close encounters with osprey both in Australia and Japan the last couple of years and thought I'd post some photographs for any keen-eyed observers. Australia's osprey is now classified as "Eastern Osprey" - Pandion haliaetus cristatus, while as far I know Japan's version remains, "Osprey" - Pandion haliaetus. I'm sure there's more to the latter and I will add to this when I find more information. I hope some of the photos are useful in comparing the two. (The Japanese name for osprey is "Mi-sa-go"). 

 Above and below: Eastern Osprey (Cairns, August 2007)

Above: Osprey (Japan - Fukushimagata, Niigata, April 2008)

Below: Eastern Osprey, (Toorbul, Queensland, September 2008)

 Above: Eastern Osprey, (again at Toorbul, September 2008) and below, again Osprey (Fukushimagata, April 2008).

Osprey (Sakata, Niigata, March 2010).

Both look like osprey to me but I can't tell one from the other only that I know where I was when I encountered them. Varying conditions make the recorded images different as well regardless of location.

Osprey, (Fukushimagata, Niigata, April 2008)