Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Amazing Flying Pintails

Northern Pintails

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

January 24, 2015

Here are some flight shots I took last weekend trying out the Nikon D7100 and AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm VR. I don't know if the af is as good as the D800 but I'm getting old and these pics made me sentimental. I remember visiting the Birds Australia Library back in the early 90s, and a kind and patient man named David Eades kindly showed me articles written by the great American photographer, Brian Wheeler on how to photograph birds in flight. I still only had a manual film camera and only seemed to get a keeper once every three months but was desperate to take better pictures. I still remember David's and Brian's advice and I'm grateful. I think it is not so difficult for everybody to get such pics these days. Then, we never imagined today's amazing cameras.


Monday, January 26, 2015


Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

January 24, 2015

Saturday was supposed to have poor weather but a sunny morning saw me grab my gear and head to Hyoko for the afternoon. I was only there for 80 minutes but I took about a thousand pics. 

It was very exciting for a raptor nut such as myself with peregrines stirring up the ducks farther over behind the trees you can see in the above landscape. 

It was so exciting I went back again yesterday and saw what I believe to be the same two Peregrines  from the day before, an adult and the below young one.

Lots of families take their children there to buy rice husks and feed the ducks and swans, hence there are many birds attracted to the place and it is a wonderful place for photographers.

Sunday was pretty dull but I'm pretty happy with the action shots for dim conditions with my new Nikon D7100. The landscape at the top was with my D800 and 25mm lens.

A young Peregrine Falcon

as it flew over on Saturday

At the back of Hyoko many wild ducks mostly Eurasian Teal and Mallard were stirred up by an adult Peregrine on Sunday, January 25.

Where's the falcon?

-If you look just above-right of the centre you can see the out-of-focus adult Peregrine moving left.

I could only see the falcon when it rose above the landscape!

If you go down from the "J" in Jenkins you can see a male Baikal Teal heading left.