Thursday, 26 January 2012

Pretty Pintails

Northern Pintail
Hyoko, Niigata, Japan.
December 30, 2011
Nikon D300 Nikkor af-s 300mmf4
Northern Pintails have been increasing at Hyoko since I started visiting. They are wild but know they are safe behind a fenced habitat. You can stand on one side of the fence and they carry on with their business just centimetres away. Actually I got stacks of shots of them over a few visits but may as well go mad.. They are beautiful.

January 22, 1012
with 1.4 teleconverter 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Black Swans of Bribie

We first saw these Black Swan cygnets having a swim.

On an excursion with Kay, Kevin and Olive, September 28, 2008.

In think from memory, this is at Buckleys Hole, Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia
Pentax K200 + Pentax SMC ED 400mm f5.6

This post is for Stu and Ayuwat who recently commented their interest in seeing some Black Swan pics. Sorry I don't have any digital BiFs of Black Swans.

These photos were taken at Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia and are of real, wild swans. 

I have seen Black Swans in Japan too. The first one was on a city pond in Tokyo but the second time was on the local Niigata TV news. It was the Japanese summer of 2005 and beach goers were crowding around the edge of the surf to watch a pair of Black Swans sitting on the waves. Everybody was excited and amazed as (I believe it was said) it was the first time in 30 years Black Swans had been seen in Niigata. I remember it was very hot and I'd never seen any kind of swan in the sea before. About three months later we were driving between Hyoko and Fukushimagata, Niigata and were surprised to see a pair in a stream between rice fields out in the country. I wondered if it was the same pair on TV. I got some ok pics of them and posted them on my Some Japanese Birds post on this blog. I was worried about them at the time and contacted the Wild Bird Society of Japan who returned a kind letter advising me that there were cases of (introduced) Black Swans now living wildly in some areas in Japan, even side by side with white ones. -I doubt they migrate to Siberia, however.

It's funny; back in the 90s, I often went birding at Westgate Park in Melbourne and a family of Black Swans would come up to me and stick their red faces in my lens. I took some shots but I wasn't so interested as I didn't want to waste my precious film and didn't want to be distracted from finding rare, "wild" birds. I bet I'd use up a few memory cards if I met them now!

I was surprised to see them get up onto a mound at the edge of the lake.

They check its condition.

Above and below: The adult rearranged the nest.

....It was time for "sleepies"

Wednesday, 18 January 2012