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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