Monday, November 24, 2014

Visitors from the North Pacific?

Peregrine Falcon

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

November 24, 2014



Today was a national holiday and I enjoyed a walk around Fukushimagata. (It was a dull day as you can see in the photos, but no rain!) More and more, I'm not surprised when finding birds that I think are from the North Pacific region. The above peregrine is a return visitor, the locals call, "O-hayabusa". (Great Peregrine) I'm sure it is the same one in the same location seen the last few winters. I think it is a Peale's Falcon as in this past post.

Not long after I photographed the "Northern Pacific Peregrine", some "Lesser Canada Geese" flew over. I've reported them before as well as seen here.

I've also included an American Wigeon, which I photographed at Hyoko back on November 8, 2014.

According to my field guides, all these guys are supposed to be rare visitors to Japan. I'm lucky to meet up with them again!


Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

American Wigeon 

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

November 8, 2014

Fukushimagata

Lesser Canada Goose

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

November 24, 2014

Lesser Canada Goose (top) with Bean Goose (below)

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Boobook of Domville

Southern Boobook

Domville State Forest, Queensland, Australia

October 1, 2014



I had a wonderful opportunity when I was invited by Rod Hobson to volunteer on a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service survey of Domville State forest. I was pretty hopeless as a contributor but thoroughly enjoyed seeing beautiful Australian bush. Thank you to Rod and all those involved. 

I was very excited to see this male Boobook who was concerned about his quiet day being disturbed. We didn't bother him for too long but I'd never seen one in the daylight before. 

One missed chance was getting better shots of the grass trees. I carried landscape lenses with me everywhere but took them out of my bag that day to lighten the load. One of the problems with being a gear-head. Most of the grass tree photos were taken with my near retro iPhone 4s.


I've included a shot of the "Super Moon" which I photographed in Toowoomba back in August. The pic seemed to fit in with the other pictures in this post.








Supermoon on August 13, 2014 as seen from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia





Sunday, November 9, 2014

Where did the Goshawk go?

Northern Goshawk

with some Eurasian Teal and other waterfowl

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

October 11, 2014


October is a good time to look out for goshawks hunting waterfowl at Fukushimagata. I stood waiting when everything was quiet and was even ready when the goshawk came but just totally lost sight of it. No close encounters this year like in the past










Monday, November 3, 2014

Bold Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

and Australian Magpie

I think near Goombungee, Queensland, Australia

August 31, 2014


Well, dare I say; today is my 50th, so to celebrate here is one of my most favouritest subjects. These pics were taken on a drive with Rod Hobson back on August 31. They were taken at 7am and my iso was too low, so I messed up a little. Actually we met up with two young "wedgies", a male and his sister. This is the male. It was still a wonderful encounter.

Thank you, Rod.