Thursday, 25 February 2016

10 years on....

Sea-eagles off the shore of Rausu, Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan

February 25, 2006

Ten years ago today I enjoyed a boat ride off shore of Rausu, Hokkaido, Shiretoko, Japan. My photos are looking old now but I'm still grateful for the experience.

At 10:20am on February 25, 2006 this adult Steller's Sea-eagle passed by me at the back of the boat. This is frame 1.

This is the second frame. My heart got sucked up into my throat as my camera lost focus.

Pentax *ist DS and Pentax AF ED 400mm f5.6

I'm sorry to bore you. I know by now you know this is still my favourite picture. This is the third frame. I gritted my teeth and the camera just recaptured focus as the eagle passed.This is unedited and uncropped.

The last frame of the encounter. There was no going back.

White-tailed Sea-eagles feeding.

Monday, 22 February 2016

The iWants

Northern Goshawk


Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

February 21, 2016

Sony RX100iii held up to a Nikon ED50 field scope

I didn't bring an adaptor!

I want a big new spotting scope. Either Zeiss, Swarovski, or Leica will do.  The above goshawk looked fantastic through my little scope but I imagined a nice, intimate portrait with snow and dead reeds would have been nice. Looking through my scope the breeze was blowing the reeds in and out of the way and the soft feathers on the hawk's chest were fluffed up. The goshawk was interested in the ducks on the water and its yellow eyes peered through the reeds, sometimes almost directly at us. 

Nikon D7100 with Nikkor AF-S 300F4

Black-eared Kite

I got ready with my D7100 and 300 f4 when it looked like flying anf it came right at me. I messed up though, the camera just got stuck on the background.

I lost focus after this shot and didn't regain it until it had almost passed me.

Rock Dove
 I only brought my little scope and D7100 with the Nikkor 300 f4. These photos show why I like that set up. I wasn't ready for the goshawk.

Anyway. It was a fruitful outing.
Northern Pintail


Northern Pintail


Common Pochard

Whooper Swan

Eurasian Teal


Thursday, 18 February 2016

All Things Blue

Blue-winged Kookaburra

Cape York, Queensland, Australia

October 12, 2012

Here's a couple of flight shots from when my Nikon D800 was new. The lens is the Nikkor Af-s 300mm f4 with TC ii teleconverter.  I think it did alright. Two beautiful birds from Cape York. It's my only shot of a Blue-winged Kookaburra. Unfortunately, the blue is on top of the wing. The Blue-faced Honeyeater is interesting with pale "windows" on its wings.

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Cape York, Queensland, Australia

October 12, 2012

Friday, 12 February 2016

Sacred Kingfisher Family

Sacred Kingfisher


Lockyer Valley, Queensland, Australia

December 28, 2015

Rod Hobson and I found s few Scared Kingfishers about in the Lockyer Valley back in December. Here is a family we witnessed with a young being fed by an adult. Bit of a cute juvenile really.


Sacred Kingfisher

with lunch for the baby

Adult...maybe male?

Saturday, 6 February 2016

The Voice

Pied Butcherbird

Prince Henry Drive, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

January 6, 2016

This is my 300th post on this blog. I was going to do something special but decided this is nice enough. There is something special about hearing the song of one of these when you wake early in the morning.

I saw this Pied Butcherbird family when walking around Prince Henry Drive in early January with Michael Atzeni. The parents were so busy finding food for the young and pretty much ignored my camera. 

Juvenile Pied Butcherbird