Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dancer on the wind: Northern Goshawk

Sunday, October 25 was a beautiful, clear morning with changing wind gusts. The wind seemed to make conditions perfect for a few raptors, namely Common Buzzards, Black-eared Kites and an Eastern Marsh Harrier. The highlight however, was this young Northern Goshawk that appeared overhead at a bird observatory. He dipped and dived, zoomed and swirled for what seemed to be almost a minute. Three delighted birders stood side by side with cameras drumming to his dance in the wind.....

















Sunday, October 18, 2009

They've arrived! Whooper Swans are here for 2009 - 2010

I noticed the first Whooper Swans of the season on the morning of October 8. They flew across the road in front of me on the way to work. Most of these photos were taken at Fukushimagata, Niigata on Monday, October 12. I went there again this morning and read the local community notice board which claims the numbers are already over three and a half thousand. They're certainly beautiful birds no matter how common and are an important feature of the landscape here from about now until early April. I'll probably put more photos of these up as they're hard to resist.