Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Summer Lovin'

Tiger Shrike
female

Niigata, Japan

July, 2018


I've been enjoying summer this year. I feel for those suffering from the floods though.

I have been trying to get out despite of my feebleness in the hot weather. I think winter is so long here that I should enjoy wearing t-shirts and shorts while I can. There have been some nice summer things to see including bugs, dragonflies and butterflies. I have been trying to collect images of the dragonflies to post later after I've tried to ID them. I've also seen many butterflies but mostly on the wing and out of reach of my lens. 

Yesterday was the anniversary of breaking my arm so I'm pleased I can get out with my camera. It's good to look back and realise that I have had many good days since. 

I've watched the kestrels at the cement factory court, return to the nest with food, fledge, practice hunting bugs, and disperse for another year too.








Azure-winged Magpies

newly fledged


Bull-headed Shrike

Pigeon

Eurasian Kestrel

Whiskered Tern

summer 


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Eagles on Ice - The Greatest Show on Earth!



Here is a little slide-show I made with video clips taken by my 1st Assistant/support. She doesn't claim to be a photographer but I think the clips she recorded are priceless and I wanted to share them. I framed the clips with a few stills I took. 

It's hot and muggy in Japan now with a typhoon looming and rain forecast for the next 5 days. Good to sit back and remember this wonderful place.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

A Crooked Paw

Osprey

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

June 17, 2018


It's almost a year since I broke my arm. I can empathise with this Osprey. I think I have photographed the same individual before. He has a crooked paw just like me. Gladly my arm is still mending and I'm sure I have had better treatment than this bird.

I have lots of metal things in my arm and I thought they were going to come out, but now I'm told they're better off staying where they are. Now I will be just like Luke Skywalker, just without the personable cheer and the faith in the Force.




Fukushimagata, Niigata


Eurasian Cuckoo

a similar photo as one I got a few weeks ago. But now I'm confused whether it's an Eurasian or Oriental?

Advice welcomed, please.