Saturday, August 27, 2016

Gulls of August

Black-tailed Gull

Shinano River, Niigata City, Niigata, Japan

August 2016


We seem to get different waves of gulls at different times of the year in Niigata. April is a good time for Black-headed Gulls but at most other times I think it is mostly Black-tailed Gulls and Common Gulls. What I can figure out from my field guides anyway. I keep saying to myself that I should follow them up more. I think they have interesting stories. At the hottest times in summer and their tails are pretty worn. I wonder if they do that to each other or whether crows play a part as I have seen crows chopping at Black-eared Kites' tails in the summer. 

I makes it more difficult to identify them:





Compare this to the one below. I think this may be a Common Gull...?


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cranky Devils



I've never been to Tasmania, but was told years ago by a friend that if I went there I'd never come back.

The above video was filmed at Lone Pine Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia on August 9, 2016. (The same day as the Australian Online census...I think the devils just got off the computer).

Look for the red ears and listen for the BONUS Laughing Kookaburra call.

Tasmanian Devil

Lone Pine Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia

August 9, 2016



Laughing Kookaburra





Saturday, August 13, 2016

On the Road

"Maisy"

Black-striped Wallaby

In the care of Judith and Brendon Gray

Jarowair, Queensland, Australia

Check their blogs Beyond Our Patch and Jarowair Our Patch

August 10, 2016


This spectacular little joey is a Black-striped Wallaby. Sadly, her mum was killed on the road, but she was rescued from her pouch and handed into care.

If you ever hit any kind of animal in Australia, it is good to check their condition. Of course, you mustn't panic and only pull over when and where it is safe to do so. In the case of many marsupials, there is often young in their pouch so please try to check.

If you find anything injured or orphaned please hand it in to the nearest vet. They will be able to give it any medical care and hand it over to a trusted wildlife carer. Don't try to look after wild animals yourself.

Black-striped Wallabies have a limited range and are only found in thick undergrowth of the western sides of the Great Dividing Range on eastern Australia. 

Hopefully beautiful, little Maisy will be raised successfully and released back into suitable habitat.

Thank you to Judith Gray for introducing me to Maisy.







"Spirit"

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Queensland, Australia

Link: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

August 9, 2016


"Spirit" is a male Wedge-tailed Eagle in the care of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. He is about 12 years old now but he has spent most of his life in the care of Lone Pine. Spirit is also a road victim. He is one of the stars of the raptor flight show but he is unable to fly due to a badly broken wing.

If you find any dead animals on the road it is good to remove them completely from the road. Pull them well to the side if you can. Eagles and other raptors are often hit when scavenging on the roads.  

Recently, I have found other stories about wildlife victims on Australian roads. Check out this and read about Apollo.

Drive safely and care about the lives around you.

I hope you will thrill at seeing such animals roaming and flying free.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Little Baby Birdy

White Wagtail

Niigata City, Japan

July, 2016


Went out for a walk with my old D300 the day after my last post and found this baby Wagtail. I also used the old Nikkor 80-400 VR. The lens was released in 2000 and boasted Nikon's first attempt at image stabilisation. I didn't get it until 2010 after waiting yonks for the updated version. (It came in 2013). I can't believe my D300 is already 9 years old. I love the build quality. It's sad that I just can't put a new sensor in it. These pics were at ISO800 to 1000. It was very late in the day and in shadows. I scrubbed up the noise a bit with a tad "sharpened". 

Bic Camera is offering 17 000 yen trade in for a D300 for the new D500 ($200aus) It was originally over two grand. The same price as the D500. I think I'll keep it. The kit is very compact.