Sunday, September 24, 2017

Raptor Migration, Mt Yamamotto, 2017

Raptor Migration

Mt Yamamotto, Ojiya, Niigata, Japan

September 24, 2017


We enjoyed watching the raptor migration at Mt Yamamotto, Ojiya this morning. We just stayed for 2 hours but we saw hundreds. My photos don't really show the splendid spirals of hundreds rising vertically in a big corkscrew above us. We didn't get close to any either and these pics are heavily cropped. 

Quite a few photographers and birders there and we were kindly given a beautiful brochure listing the records for past years.

I look forward to this day each year. It is the end of summer but the beginning of lots of bird activity for the next few months. Gotta get into it now before the winter arrives.

Lots of dragonflies in the air and we could thrill at the occasional Peregrine or Japanese Sparrowhawk diving about the place to get them.















Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back to Birding

Peregrine Falcon

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

September 18, 2017



It's been a while since I posted some birds on this blog. I rediscovered over the weekend that walking around and photographing birds makes me happy. I should do more of it. We all should.


Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile

Great Crested Grebe

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

September 19, 2017

Common Kingfisher

Barn Swallow

Great White Egret  (above) framed by Eastern Cattle Egrets, except maybe the one on the right?

Oriental Turtle Dove

Great Crested Grebes in winter attire