25 November 2013

Autumn still hanging on




A Varied Tit at Onuma yesterday. It was a very mild day with beautiful autumn sunshine, at Yakumoearlier in the day it was so mild I took off my down jacket AND fleece.




The eagles were mostly high in the sky, not a vintage day for pictures. These two were both taken with my new 1.4 teleconverter, my first shots with it.



Not much else around, a flock of Whooper Swans as well as still quite a few kittiwakes at the river mouth and the usual common ducks and gulls.

In Hakodate last week there were 2 Great Egrets on the river plus Goosander and Kingfisher. At Onuma today theer were lots of birds in the forest but the light was terrible. All 5 species of local woodpecker, flocks of Siskin, Crossbill, Hawfinch, Dusky Thrush and Japanese Waxwing were all high in the trees. Great Egrets are everywhere at the moment actually: Onuka, Kamiiso and Yakumo too. Earlier in the week Great Crested and Slavonian Grebe were in the harbour at Kamiisio. Today there were 3 Black Necked Grebe.


This young Glaucous Gull was one of several....................


At Moheji there were 2 Slavonian Grebe and 4 Brent Goose in the harbour.



I still haven't used my tripod yet with the 500 f4, maybe I should.......................holding it steady in the cold and the wind was a bit tricky and my arms start to hurt after a couple of hours lugging it around.

The Ashes. Oh dear. Well being better than the Australians at cricket was nice whilst it lasted.

I hope Michael Clarke breaks his" f***ing arm". Classy.


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12 comments:

  1. Hi Stuart. It is wonderful that it is so mild with you still. You got great shots on this post. 2 different grebes and I loved the first bird.

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  2. It's nice to see the Varied Tits again, especially in that warm autumn light. You certainly had a good day out with some very nice shots to show for it. It sounds as if you are giving us the Ashes back already!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, yes I wasn't expecting such a thrashing..........it's like the 1990's all over again.

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  3. Love the colour and detail you captured of the steller in the tree. A pretty nice start with the TC.

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    1. Thanks Russell, lots of eagles sitting in trees should give the TC a good work out this winter I hope.

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  4. Yes Stuart, your performance with the camera is far better than England's performance with the bat.

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    1. Thanks Ayuwat, hopefully I'll get better examples soon..........

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  6. More good results with your new lens....both the Grebe species are interesting in winter plumage. Can't get enough Steller's Sea Eagles, either !

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    1. Hi John, yes winter is my fave season here and Stellers are definitely the star attraction.

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