Tuesday, 28 November 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, 12 November 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


Friday, 3 November 2017

Yahiko Chrysanthemum Festival 2017


Yahiko Shrine, Niigata, Japan

November 3, 2017

Today was Culture Day, a national holiday, and we went to Yahiko Shrine with 10 million other people to enjoy the autumn colours and the Chrysanthemum Festival. There were happy, smiling people everywhere.

It was a beautiful, fine day. A nice way to spend a Friday.