26 May 2014
Narcissus in the mist............
It was a coolish, dark, misty day that rurned to rain later on and we were in Onuma.
There were several singing Narcissus Flycatchers, their song filling the forest and they could even be heard above the noise of the nearby Chinese tour groups.
It was too dark for decent pics, these were taken with the 500/f4 handheld, wide open mainly and at high ISO with lowish shutter speeds.
At Kamiiso there eas nothing of interst save a small flock of Black Headed Gulls on their way north. There were no waders in the ricefields either, or at least I couldn't find any.
Lots of Skylark though. This used to be split and known as Japanese Skylark but is now lumped back together with the European one. They have a great talent for momentarily looking like something interesting before you realise it's just another Skylark.
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I know what you mean about Skylarks…ReplyDelete
The IS on the 500 must be useful when hand-holding in the woods…good results, anyway.
Without IS it would be impossible to handhold in dark conditions, and a monopod would gave been difficult with such active subjects.............Delete
What a beautiful Flycatcher - well captured shots of all. Interesting about the classification of Skylarks too.ReplyDelete
Hi, yes it is one of the most striking birds of the region..................Delete
Lovely captures, so soft looking yet detailed. Beautiful colours on that flycatcher.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment Karen................Delete
First shot has a lovely background and I like the one in song. I had read about the nightmare which was Skylark distribution. I was listening to them singing today - your shot shows what understated beauties they actually are.ReplyDelete
The taxonomy debate was one of the rare times this species was almost in the limelight....................Delete
Very effective lighting with dramatic result. Nice detail too.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment Russell..................Delete
Gorgeus bird the Flycatcher! great pictures, congrats!ReplyDelete