In Search of Angels, Trolls and Dragons

Common Yellow Swallowtail

Papilio machaon hippocrates

(male)

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

August 2018


Well, away from festivals and birds I have been searching for a new quarry for summer. I have been slowly getting some images of the summer insects. It is difficult. I have watched many butterflies and dragonflies shoot by me and I stood helpless to respond. I have mainly only photographed those that have landed near me.

Today's post is just a sample, and as often is the case, I may not post all the images I have attained. 

Baby steps for today, as it is time consuming to search through, edit and identify the images I have collected. I think it is worth some effort when I look at the results. They are quite stunning creatures when we stop and look.


Japanese Copper

Lycaena phlaeas

(female)

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

August 2018

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

(female)

Painted Lady

Black and White Citrus Longhorn

Anoplophora chinensis (Forster) or Anoplophora malasiaca (Thompson)

Tainai, Niigata, Japan

August 2018

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Pseudothemis zonata

Toyanogata, Niigata, Japan

August 2018


Second Day of Summer

Sacred Kingfisher

Michael's place, Queensland, Australia

December 2, 2016


Mick, Rod and I visited Michael Hare's place early on the second day of summer. After that we went for bit of a drive and I managed some new species for this blog. Sadly, I can only input 200 characters and can't include all the subjects in my labels/contents.

It was 39c in some places..

Anyway, we saw and heard some fantastic stuff. Thank you to Michael Hare for welcoming us to wander around and to Mick and Rod for bringing me.

Thank you to Rod for identifying the dragonflies.

Scarlet Percher

Diplacodes haematodes

Scarlet Percher

Diplacodes haematodes

Wandering Ringtail

Austrolestes Ieda

Scarlet Percher

Diplacodes haematodes

Spangled Drongo


Blue Skimmer

Orthetrum caledonicum

Red-browed Finch

Lace Monitor. I just discovered it is now called "Tree Goanna"



Eastern Water Dragon

Eastern Yellow Robin


Orange Threadtail

Nososticta solida

Straw-necked Ibis

Dusky Moorhen

Australian Reed Warbler

Australian Hobby

Australian Hobby

Blue Riverdamsel

Pseudoagrion microcephalum

Wandering Percher

Diplacodes bipunctata

Australian Tiger

Ictinogomphus australis

Pied Butcherbird

Black-fronted Dotterel

Black-fronted Dotterel

Little Friarbird


Restless Flycatcher



Fuscous Honeyeater







First Buzzard


Dragonfly

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

September 2013



We've had a long summer this year in Niigata. The last real bird adventure for me was watching the Northern Goshawk fledglings back in June. It has been quiet ever since, so much Australian content has been added to this blog in that time.

I've been trying to find the signs of seasonal migrations but mostly I have just found the lingering signs of summer. I have been searching Fukushimagata, Sakata, Mt Yamamoto, and Junsai-ike the last few weeks and uploaded my findings now. Mostly all the images are summer.

This week has seen the biggest typhoon to hit Japan in ten years and the temperature is dramatically dropping so things should look different in the coming weeks. The buzzard I have posted here is from last Sunday morning and is a sign the cooler months are arriving. I have only seen them in summer high up in the mountains. I also saw a sprinkling of ducks with a dash of distant Bean Geese at Fukushimagta on Sunday.

In the dark hours of Tuesday morning I heard swans flying over my bed. It will be a long winter next.



Fukushimagata, Niigata

Tiny Tortoises

Fukushimagata

Fukushimagata

Sakata, Niigata

Giant Tadpoles

Sakata

Junsai-ike, Niigata

Help needed to identify this chick, please?

Junsai-ike

Eastern Buzzard

Fukushimagata

Ducks

Fukushimagata

Little Tern

Fukushimagata

The observatory at Fukushimagata is to be torn down over winter and rebuilt for spring.
Too bad everyone wants to use it at winter the most. I can see the top deck is already being dismantled.

White Wagtail with dragonfly

Fukushimagata

Fukushimagata

Fukushimagata

Fukushimagata

Too bad about the dirt spots on this one :(

Nature pics with V1

Black-eared Kite

Shinano River, Niigata, Japan

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR

(please click on the image for a larger view)



 Played around with my Nikon V1 last weekend. Think I still prefer DSLR but it's a pretty light and nifty outfit. Better for static subjects with SLR lens and FT1 but reckon I got away with a few flyers. Handy focal length as it has a crop factor of X2.5 (I think, I recall). All handheld.




Carrion Crow

Shinano River

Same combo as above

Dragonfly with V1 and 30-110mm Nikon 1 system lens (uncropped)

Fukushimagata, Niigata

(cropped and adjusted)

(uncropped)

(Cropped and slightly sharpened)