Tuesday, 29 October 2013


Willie Wagtail

Murphys Bridge, Murphys Creek, Queensland, Australia

March 25, 2013

Just posting a scruffy Wille Wagtail for my 200th post on this blog. Looks scruffy but it's the personality that wins with these guys.

Different to the wagtails in Japan Wille Wagtails wag their tails much more.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Galah, Galah, Galah!!


Picnic Point, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Pentax K10D smc Pentax-FA* 400mm F5.6 ED (IF)

June 13, 2007

Still nothing new or current to report in Niigata so here are some old files from 2007. Some Galahs happily grazing at Picnic Point, Toowoomba as seen after a nice afternoon out with Rene.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

First Buzzard


Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

September 2013

We've had a long summer this year in Niigata. The last real bird adventure for me was watching the Northern Goshawk fledglings back in June. It has been quiet ever since, so much Australian content has been added to this blog in that time.

I've been trying to find the signs of seasonal migrations but mostly I have just found the lingering signs of summer. I have been searching Fukushimagata, Sakata, Mt Yamamoto, and Junsai-ike the last few weeks and uploaded my findings now. Mostly all the images are summer.

This week has seen the biggest typhoon to hit Japan in ten years and the temperature is dramatically dropping so things should look different in the coming weeks. The buzzard I have posted here is from last Sunday morning and is a sign the cooler months are arriving. I have only seen them in summer high up in the mountains. I also saw a sprinkling of ducks with a dash of distant Bean Geese at Fukushimagta on Sunday.

In the dark hours of Tuesday morning I heard swans flying over my bed. It will be a long winter next.

Fukushimagata, Niigata

Tiny Tortoises



Sakata, Niigata

Giant Tadpoles


Junsai-ike, Niigata

Help needed to identify this chick, please?


Eastern Buzzard




Little Tern


The observatory at Fukushimagata is to be torn down over winter and rebuilt for spring.
Too bad everyone wants to use it at winter the most. I can see the top deck is already being dismantled.

White Wagtail with dragonfly





Too bad about the dirt spots on this one :(

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Variegated Fairy-wren

Upper Lockyer, Queensland, Australia

2008-9? Maybe early 2009, January?

This beautiful little Fairy-wren is found right across Australia. This male was photographed in Upper Lockyer, south-east Queensland, so I think it is of the race Malurus lamberti.

Back in Niigata, last Saturday, October 5th, some friends and I went hoping to find migrating raptors at Yamamoto Mountain in Ojiya. Sadly, we didn't see any as I think we were too late in the season. We saw one swift flutter by but I haven't Identified it. According to the web, there were 300 raptors seen passing the mountain back on the morning of September 18th. Last year, I think I went about that time but I was too early! 

Anyway, hope this little Fairy-wren makes up for a poor Japanese raptor report.

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