Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Black-eared Kite

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

January 7, 2018

"Tombi" is a casual Japanese name for Black-eared Kite. "Tobi" is more usual.

I guess I have to look at these photos with 'the glass is half full' attitude.

The first 4 pics below are not cropped. Except for the wings.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

BiFs for the New Year

Northern Pintail

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

January 5, 2018

After two years thinking about it, I finally got a Nikon D500. The pictures are noisier than the D800 but the AF is pretty amazing, and I can take millions of pictures in half a second. It seems. Thankfully I'm not paying $36 for a roll of Ektachrome.

I was interested in BiFs decades ago and it was such a big thing to get any decent shot. Like one every three months or so. I don't know if I have stated it before but I remember going to the Birds Australia library in the early 1990s and a kind man named David Eades photocopied several articles on how to do it. I think one was by the American photographer Brian Wheeler. I then got one of his books but can't find it anywhere. 

I learned about 3oo 2.8 lenses a but they were beyond me. I found a Pentax 400 f5.6 for $4500 aus but those who knew me suggested I shouldn't spend that on a hobby. Not to matter. I got one for half the price when I arrived in Tokyo. I can't understand why Australians have to pay so much more than everyone in other countries.

It's all point and shoot now. Easy to forget to concentrate. Can't blame the equipment any more.

I guess Nikon will announce the D500s next week with much less noise. 

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Endless Rain

Tundra Swans

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

January 3, 2018

I went to Hyoko again this morning but light, wet, snow became a blizzard so I only stayed for an hour. By the time I got home again the sun broke out. 

I wonder what Charles Darwin would have thought after many years in Japan. I went from steak and veges to rice and miso. I think the shape of my beak has changed. I know my body has.

I have been getting into a lot of Japanese music recently. I watched X Japan sing "Endless Rain" on the tele the other night and I broke and bought it. Listened to it heaps, along with Masaharu Fukuyama's latest song.