Saturday, 23 February 2013

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker

Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker

Toyanogata, Niigata, Japan

February 23, 2013

 Today was supposed to be really miserable weather wise, however it was a pretty nice and sunny morning so what was just intended as a check-up for White-tailed Sea-eagles at Toyanogata, turned out to be a nice walk in the park. No eagles but lots of spring birds about and buds appearing on the Cherry Trees. These are my favourite pics from the morning. We saw big red woodies playing hard to get but I was happy to get close to this little fellow. Anyway, I think it is a fellow.

It is really interesting taking pics when there is snow on the ground as light reflects upwards so there is little shadow on the birds. Biggest disappointment was when I downloaded the pictures and remembered I'd stuffed around with the white balance of the camera earlier in the week and didn't reset it. Totally confused what to do now.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

I have a question..

White-tailed Sea Eagle

Rausu, Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan

February 25, 2006

What do you think these eagles are doing?

This is from my Shiretoko trip seven years ago. They are on the ice-floe in the sea. I noticed eagles sometimes sticking their beaks into the ice.

I'm not sure if the ice is fresh water or just frozen sea-water..

I'm grateful for your ideas.

Steller's Sea-eagle

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Return of the Great Ice Eagle

Steller's Sea-eagle

Niigata, Japan

February 10, 2013

The best thing about this post is the title. Anyway, these are my only shots of a Steller's this year. The last was February 19, 2011. I guess it's nice to know the pics are just a few hours old.

Mr Honma and I had an early start as we'd tried other days but the eagle had departed before we arrived. We got there just before 7am. The eagle eventually left just before 9 and stirred up geese in the surroundings.

Above and below: Couldn't work this out at first but I think it's an adult male Northern Goshawk
....or is it a Sparrowhawk? 

There were mixes of Bean Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose,
as well as Whooper and Tundra Swans in the surrounding fields.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Last Drinks.

Koala drinking at a water sprinkler

Capalaba, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane heatwave of 1995

These pictures are from the Brisbane heatwave of 1995. It was the hottest then summer in fifty years. I couldn't understand it when the news said it was 100% humidity -I thought we'd be under water...

Anyway, we were trying get cool in the late afternoon in a Capalaba backyard when we were surprised by a visitor to our water sprinkler. The koala ignored us and licked up water under the sprinkler like a cat at a milk bowl. He/she stayed a while then went back to the trees. 

I was very saddened last night when watching Brisbane news to hear of the death of the last female Koala at Noosa National Park. There are just two males remaining there. More here: Sunshine Coast Daily

I remember seeing Koalas there many years ago. 

I then watched the news here in Japan. They announced that the Japanese Eel had just been registered as an endangered species. A highly regarded food in Japan, the news program interviewed people on the street. One man said, "I'll be sad if I can't eat it anymore".

More on the story at The Japan Times

To learn more about Koalas and how to help them check out: The Australian Koala Foundation