11 November 2013

Winter 2013/14 begins...............


A Stellers Sea Eagle at Yakumo today. It was a day of blizzards and the first really cold day of the season: that's it atumn has gone and winter is here.




There were only a few eagles around. 1 or 2 Stellers and around a dozen or so White Tailed Eagles of various ages. Only BIFs today, they were very skittish.





Not much else around. The weather put paid to standing around at the rivermouth. The usual common birds were upstream including this Brown Dipper.


Very quiet in town last week, I was pretty busy and the weather was lousy anyway. These Scaup were in the harbour at Kamiiso yesterday.




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20 comments:

  1. I really like that first one of the Steller's Sea-eagle and look forward to seeing more of them as your winter progresses. We didn't get such close views of them during our few days on Hokkaido.

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    1. I hope to get closer than this in the next 2 or 3 months................

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  2. Great start to winter, Stu! You could stand around all winter in Niigata and fail to get a single photo like any of these. I think you're gonna have some nice cold times ahead of you.

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    1. Hi Russell, I'm sure you get nice stuff down there that never shows up here..........

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  3. Some great species shown here, the Eagles are obviously magnificent creatures, I like the second image where it is banking round. I could watch Dippers for ages, another lovely bird.

    Thanks for this
    Dave

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    1. I agree about Dippers, an underrated gem of a bird but difficult to photograph as they are so dark and spend all their time in dark places..........

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  4. BIFs like that will do just fine Stuart. Can't believe your Scaup are so confiding!

    Don't suppose I'll see any more Snow Bunts, but good luck with yours.

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    1. Hi Phil, the first ones I ever saw were in Fleetwood about 30 years ago...........and I've never had a better view since.

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  5. HI Stuart The shots of the Eagles are fantastic. I wouldreally love toseethem. The Dipper is not the same as our one but a great shot. Although we do havesome Scaup I haveneverseen one that close.

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    1. HI Margaret, actually I prefer the European one, at least it has a bit of contast for the AF to lock onto.........

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  6. Lovely BIFs and Scaup + your Dipper is very smart.

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    1. Thanks Stuart, every BIF sequence with my new lens probably burns quite a few calories at least........

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  7. Hi Stu,,,its been a long time! Great serie as i remember you can produce. I really love the Scaup shot's ;-)

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  8. Yeah, Winter ! Looking forward to more eagles in the snow (and supporting cast !)

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    1. Hi John, about 10cm of snow last night..........and I'm browsing heavyweight slippers on ebay as my feet are freezing............

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  9. Great pics - I remember standing on the coastal bridge at Yakumo last winter with a Stellar's watching me from a tree top as intently as I was watching him !

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    1. Hi Ken, yes I'll be braving that bridge in a few weeks when the eagles move downstream..........

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  10. Nice to see that the eagles are back! But I'm really envious on your Brown Dipper shot!

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    1. Hi Ayuwat, actually the dippers in western Europe are nicer, I'm sure you'll see some if you head down to the Alps.

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