Thursday, 21 June 2018

A Crooked Paw


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.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Digi-scoped Kestrels

Eurasian Kestrels

Shinano River, Niigata, Japan

June 19, 2018

Another year and again the kestrels at the cement factory have successfully fledged 3 young. The first year I recorded them was 2005. They are a bit far away for my DSLR so I got out my scope. The pics are close but the camera is a bit old and I am a poor digiscoper.

Anyways, it's nice to see them and have another record of success.

Dare I publish this during the Japan-Colombia World Cup match.

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