Thursday, 14 June 2018


Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Murphys Creek, Queensland, Australia


It seems a long while since I was home. I took these spoonbill shots back in 2014 when birding with Mick Atzeni and Rich Seaton. We stopped just for a couple of minutes for the shots and we took off again. I didn't bother getting out of the car. Such are the riches of Queensland.

These are Australia's two spoonbills. I think we shouldn't take them for granted as they are quite wonderful. 

Royal Spoonbill

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Two Shots for the Weekend

Barn Swallows

Shirone, Niigata, Japan

June 9, 2018

Here are just two shots from this weekend, which  I thought were worth showing. Thanks to Luke and Jonah for showing me the Tiger Shrike. 

I was also happy to see many swallow nests under the shop awnings in the streets of Shirone. Many of the stores there have made special platforms for swallows to nest and I even stepped into a piece of newspaper especially placed beneath a nest to catch whatever falling debris there may be. I'm such a Mr Bean.

Tiger Shrike


Niigata, Japan

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Some Summer Birds

Yellow Bittern

Niigata, Japan

May, 2018

Here are some summer birds around Niigata from the past week.

Black-browed Reed Warbler

Oriental Reed Warbler

Bull-headed Shrike

I renamed this as Bull-head Shrike from my original "Brown Shrike" label as advised by Stuart Price of Hakodate Birding. Thanks Stuart, I'm not good at shrikes. Actually, I'm excited just for the fact it's a 'shrike' as theer aren't any in Australia.