Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Australian Nankeen Kestrel


Australian Nankeen Kestrel female

Darling Downs near Kingsthorpe, Queensland, Australia

March 28, 2013



These pictures were taken on a drive with Kevin Williams back in March.

My first field guide when I was a kid called these Nankeen Kestrels, then my next books labelled them as Australian Kestrels, (which I got use to saying) and now my new apps and books have it again as Nankeen. I usually just call them kestrels when I'm in Australia. It just gets confusing when I want to set them apart from Common Kestrels in Japan, or should I say, Eurasian Kestrels?








Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Some Black Cockatoos


Palm Cockatoo

Iron Range National Park, Cape York, Queensland, Australia

October 2012

This post is for Noushka who recently expressed a love for Australia's magnificent black cockatoos. 

These are only poor record shots of three species, but still they are wild records that are important encounters for me.

It seems whenever I find them they are into the sun.







Red-tailed Black Cockatoos

Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia

March 2013



Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Murphys Creek, Queensland, Australia

January 2011




Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mt Mowbullan



View from Mount Mowbullan 

Bunya Mountains National Park, Queensland, Australia

April 2, 2013

I remember getting out of the car and running around here when I was a kid.... (On a cold, windy August afternoon) I seem to visit the same spot every couple of years or so. Maybe this time, it was four years in-between...

If you stop there, you have to get out and look at the horizon. After a few minutes, somebody else will stop and do the same. 

It is the highest peak (About 1100 metres) of the Bunya Mountains National Park. A beautiful place boasting the world's biggest collection of Bunya Pines.



young Wedge-tailed Eagle

I was very excited to see the Bunyas had gotten a new eagle.
I saw her about the place with two mature black adults but she was pale and very new.

Into the sun...






Above and below:
The same view photographed in March, 2006 with Pentax Optio

March, 2006

Grey Goshawk at Mt Mowbullan ...

Maybe 2002! Old scan from slide film.

Camera: Pentax Z-1 with Pentax smc ED 400mm f5.6



Friday, June 7, 2013

Grey Heron Action



Grey Heron in front of the Observatory at

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

May 18, 2013

Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm VR


Some Grey Heron action at Fukushimagata taken on in the afternoon of my last bulbul post. Colours are so blue and green at the end of May, and although the spring migrants had gone it makes for a pleasant walk.

Lots of Grey Herons about on that day so knew I should post about them.
















Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bulbul in the Shadows


Brown-eared Bulbul

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

May 26, 2013

Nikon D800 AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm VR handheld

Click on the image for a closer view!

 Got these pics last weekend. Very quiet as most of the spring migrants have gone. It seems we're now left with the summer regulars. I've posted these photos because I'm happy to see green after a long grey winter. I'm also pretty happy with the work my D800 does in the shadows. I usually take raw but the originals of these are j-pegs. I've sharpened a couple as I didn't focus them properly to start with.