Thursday, 21 June 2018

A Crooked Paw


Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

June 17, 2018

It's almost a year since I broke my arm. I can empathise with this Osprey. I think I have photographed the same individual before. He has a crooked paw just like me. Gladly my arm is still mending and I'm sure I have had better treatment than this bird.

I have lots of metal things in my arm and I thought they were going to come out, but now I'm told they're better off staying where they are. Now I will be just like Luke Skywalker, just without the personable cheer and the faith in the Force.

Fukushimagata, Niigata

Eurasian Cuckoo

a similar photo as one I got a few weeks ago. But now I'm confused whether it's an Eurasian or Oriental?

Advice welcomed, please.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Digi-scoped Kestrels

Eurasian Kestrels

Shinano River, Niigata, Japan

June 19, 2018

Another year and again the kestrels at the cement factory have successfully fledged 3 young. The first year I recorded them was 2005. They are a bit far away for my DSLR so I got out my scope. The pics are close but the camera is a bit old and I am a poor digiscoper.

Anyways, it's nice to see them and have another record of success.

Dare I publish this during the Japan-Colombia World Cup match.

Thursday, 14 June 2018


Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Murphys Creek, Queensland, Australia


It seems a long while since I was home. I took these spoonbill shots back in 2014 when birding with Mick Atzeni and Rich Seaton. We stopped just for a couple of minutes for the shots and we took off again. I didn't bother getting out of the car. Such are the riches of Queensland.

These are Australia's two spoonbills. I think we shouldn't take them for granted as they are quite wonderful. 

Royal Spoonbill

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Two Shots for the Weekend

Barn Swallows

Shirone, Niigata, Japan

June 9, 2018

Here are just two shots from this weekend, which  I thought were worth showing. Thanks to Luke and Jonah for showing me the Tiger Shrike. 

I was also happy to see many swallow nests under the shop awnings in the streets of Shirone. Many of the stores there have made special platforms for swallows to nest and I even stepped into a piece of newspaper especially placed beneath a nest to catch whatever falling debris there may be. I'm such a Mr Bean.

Tiger Shrike


Niigata, Japan

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Some Summer Birds

Yellow Bittern

Niigata, Japan

May, 2018

Here are some summer birds around Niigata from the past week.

Black-browed Reed Warbler

Oriental Reed Warbler

Bull-headed Shrike

I renamed this as Bull-head Shrike from my original "Brown Shrike" label as advised by Stuart Price of Hakodate Birding. Thanks Stuart, I'm not good at shrikes. Actually, I'm excited just for the fact it's a 'shrike' as theer aren't any in Australia.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Our Green has Come

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

May, 2018

It's really nice to see green after the colder months.

Here are some sights from the last month or so around Niigata.


Grey Heron


Oriental Cuckoo

Barn Swallow

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Tulips in Niigata


Nagaike Park, Shibata, Niigata, Japan

April 28, 2018

I haven't been a very good birder recently. Here are some tulip photos taken last Saturday.

Niigata takes great pride in their tulips this time of year.

Today is the start of the second part of the 9ct Golden Week holidays but it's raining. We had to go to work for two days in the middle of Golden Week this year.