Monday, December 4, 2017

Sunny at Sakata


Niigata, Japan

December 3, 2017

Yesterday Keiko, Jonah, and Luke kindly took me to Sakata. It was sunny but very cool when we got there. It was nice to see plenty of waterfowl out on the water including Smew, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Northern Shovelers and maybe more. 

I mostly enjoyed seeing long legged birds such as egrets, Grey Herons and the very delightful Oriental Stork.

Raptors included Black-eared Kites, a very pale headed Eurasian Harrier, and several other normal harriers.

Later, we went to a farmers market and I bought some rice before we headed to a cafe for coffee and gelato. 

Wish we could do it again tomorrow!

Thanks guys!

Little Egret

Tundra Swans

Grey Heron

Oriental Stork

Great White Egret

Bull-headed Shrike

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Don't Egret It

Great White Egret

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

November 28, 2017

After impatiently waiting for rain to go away, Monday and Tuesday were fine. I decided to take some time off and go to Fukushimagata.

Many geese and swans but few raptors. I mostly enjoyed breathing air and seeing the mountains.

Maybe it will be the last fine day before Christmas.

Grey Heron

Bean Geese


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sekiya Beach

Blue Rock Thrush


Sekiya Beach, Niigata, Sea of Japan, Japan

November 12, 2017

I rarely visit the seaside, but decided to try something new. It was dull in the morning with strong winds but it was refreshing and dramatic. I had an exciting encounter with a young peregrine that shot over my shoulder to take on a crow. The crow's mate decided it wasn't right and counter attacked and the falcon came back my way. Sadly, I had just reduced the shutter speed to photograph a Blue Rock Thrush. The shutter speed wasn't high enough for a peregrine at full speed so I only got some reluctant keepers. Motion blur around the face ruins them if you pixel peep.

The sun came out later and I enjoyed watching the waves but I struggled to get close to the male Blue Rock Thrush. It was I nice change from my usual spots so I'll have to give it another go sometime.

Peregrine Falcon

Blue Rock Thrush