Friday, May 9, 2014

Golden Week Birds Niigata 2014


I guess this is a female Narcissus Flycatcher

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

May 3, 2014


Don’t let these beautiful birds fool you, I’ve been rather miserable for the last week. We had a nice start to the four day Golden Week holidays last Saturday morning, arriving at Junsai-ike before 8:30am. It was nice sitting beneath the blooming trees but most of these photographs were taken in about a 20 minute period just after 1:30pm when I could see small insects coming out of the trees and bringing the birds. 

We went to a nice restaurant that evening and my nose began to run.

I don’t remember the two middle days of the holidays but I did lots of sneezing and couldn’t sleep well for a blocked nose. 

Tuesday was the last day of the holidays so we went back to Junsai-ike for more but I got only a single shot of the Blue-and-white Flycatcher sitting on a small waterfall just 5 minutes after we arrived - the final picture in this set, which I have framed for you.

We sat, walked and watched again to about 1:30, but no more birds appeared. In the meantime my cold was becoming unbearable with sneezing and shivers and running nose. I took off my glasses and gasped to see them coated in yellow, sticky, dusty, pollen. Time to call the holidays to an end. I realised, it wasn't a cold.



Blue-and-white Flycatcher

female

Blue-and-white Flycatcher

male



Narcissus Flycatcher

male

Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler


Blue-and-white Flycatcher

male

May 6, 2014

Black-faced Bunting

May 6, 2014

"Oruri" - "The Colour Earth" Junsai-ike, May 6, 2014