Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Happy Duck

Luke's Duck **UPDATED: Domestic Duck, Not Hybrid.

Identification by the Hybrid Group at

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

February 11, 2018

I usually overlook hybrids but have been trying to have a closer look because my friend Luke seems intrigued. I took these pics last Saturday.

When I first saw it, I thought it was a Mallard x Domestic Duck. It's head is larger than the typical Mallards' it hangs around.

Anyway, I usually search for the rare and dynamic, but if you study this individual, it's kinda cute and happy. So what's wrong with bit of a look?

What do you think of my trial watermark? Too big? Yeah, but I want it to look cool. Sometimes I've found my pics on other websites.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Frozen Lake

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

February 11, 2018

After a long cold week with heavy snow, it was sunny yesterday morning so I went to Hyoko. It was treacherous walking between thick walls of ice. A kind lady showed her concern for me while I was standing on the slippery ice and she cleared a space for me next to her on up on a ledge of soft snow. We stood side-by-side for a while with our digital cameras with birds all around us. I think everyone should have a digital camera and stand by the side of a lake.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

TBO Australian Raptor Flash Guide 2008 pdf file

Toowoomba Bird Observers Australian Raptor Flash Guide 2008
(image only - download pdf below)

Stooping down deeply through my files I failed to find the latest folder for these raptor guides. I made these 10 years ago for the Toowoomba Bird Observers and they were available on their website.

I contacted Michael Atzeni who provided these pdfs to me.

Most of the pictures were created on film and date back to the 1990s. (January, 1992 for the kestrel in flight top right)

Thank you to TBO members for your input. For rare species I hadn't photographed myself or found in the club, I contacted kind and creative people through Birdforum.  Of course today's images are much better than my old ones, but I still think this is worth keeping and I would like it to be available to new birders. It's not technical but I think we can get a gist from the shapes and colours.

I had it in my mind to make a complete collection of Australian raptors at the end of the 1980s, but I wandered off. Even when I made this, I had the idea that I would update it every year with better pictures. One day.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supplied your treasured photographs. I look at them with love and admiration now as I did when I first received them.

There is a heading page and 4 pages of Australian raptor photographs. I hope you will find this useful for your personal interest and for education.
Download the printable pdfs here.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Cold White

Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

February 3, 2018
I met Luke for a few hours at Fukushimagata yesterday morning. It was sunny and warm considering appearances. You can see it's a bit misty. I hiked heaps and my legs are still sore from trying to stay upright in icy paths. No eagles yet.
I'm curious about the bunting. I think she is a female, whatever she is.

Bean Goose

Common Reed Bunting
(I think)