Friday, 9 May 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


Blue-and-white Flycatcher


Narcissus Flycatcher


Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler

Blue-and-white Flycatcher


May 6, 2014

Black-faced Bunting

May 6, 2014

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


Carole M. said...

phew Russell, those are incredible birds; such vivid colour; what a wonderful time of photographing them 'cepting for your allergies

John Kooistra said...

Beautiful images of some stunning little birds here Russell. You did great in the short time you had! Bad luck with the allergy though. Thanks for sharing.

Choy Wai Mun said...

It looked like it worked out pretty well for you in the end. Wonderful images, Russell.

Stuart Price said...

Worth the hayfever for those Narc shots Russell............

Russell Jenkins said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. Gee, my heads feeling clearer already...better prep the camera for tomorrow!

Phil Slade said...

Brill shots of the Narcissus Flycatcher Russell. Bad luck with the allergy though, hope you're feeling better by now.

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant images Russell, my favourite is the Blue-white Flycatcher, it is fabulous.

Bob Bushell said...

Great Flycatcher images Russell.

Stewart M said...

These pictures are nothing to be sneezed at!


Great pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Russell Jenkins said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. Stewart M, I forgive you:) Achoo!