Sunday, 27 November 2011

Wild Expectations

Bean Geese
Fukushimagata, Niigata, November 27, 2011

Today I met up with my friend, Mr Honma for a day of birding at Fukushimagata, Niigata. I've just uploaded what is a pretty normal fine day's birding there, this time of the year.

Common Kestrel above and below

Grey Heron

Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Marsh Harrier

Great Cormorant

White-tailed Sea-eagle Above and below
...all I could get after a car chase from the wetlands.


Greater White-fronted Goose

Eastern Marsh Harrier

Bean Geese

..More Bean Geese

Grey Heron

Northern Goshawk

Whooper Swans

Monday, 21 November 2011

Shapes of Swans

Whooper Swan
Hyoko, Niigata, November 4, 2007
Pentax K10 + Pentax smc 400mm f5.6

Two common swan species found around Niigata in the cooler months. These photos are consecutive frames taken at Hyoko, Niigata. The Whooper looked so thin after its autumnal migration compared to the compact Tundra Swan below. 

Tundra (Bewick's) Swan
Hyoko, Niigata, November 4, 2007
Pentax K10 + Pentax smc 400mm f5.6

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Treasures of Irongate Park

Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Irongate Conservation Park, Pittsworth, Queensland, August 23, 2011

 August 23rd saw Kevin Williams and myself catch up for a spot of bird watching. It'd had been a year since our last outing together and Kevin kindly took me out for a squiz along the country tracks around Gowrie Junction, Oakey and down to the Pittsworth area. As usual, it was a memorable day and I got a nice collection of pics to put up on my blog. (I'll put more up another day)

The last place we ended up was Irongate Conservation Park near Pittsworth. It is a small but neat little nature reserve and it was alive with small birdlife. Actually there were so many cool little birds I'm ashamed I didn't get more pics. There were so many Grey Fantails wagging their tails about but I'm too slow and should have got better results. I remember passing the reserve decades ago and thinking it looked like a mysterious place and am glad I finally visited it. Kevin photographed a Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo.

The most significant find for me for the day was my first Koala in seven years, and I actually got my first digital pics of one. 

There was a time I recall, looking up and deciding whether to use my precious Provia or Velvia slide film on such an inactive subject. I have so many dusty old slides of big round grey lumps stuck in the forks of trees with grey skied backgrounds. (at a dollar a shot) These days however, even if I was in Oz more often, I don't think I'd find them as much as I used to. 

Yellow-faced Honeyeater above and below:


Grey Fantail