3 August 2014

Hot summer days


An Osprey at Kamiiso this afternoon..............




It has been very hot this last week, over 30 and humid every day. Pretty standard for most of Japan in summer but up here in Hokkaido we generally escape the worst of it. There is however usually an uncomfortably hot spell every year of varying length...............and we're in the middle of it now.

We had a long unproductive ride out to Esan and Shikabe and ended up in Kamiiso just in time to see this Osprey fly past with its catch.






It caught me by surprise but my camera settings were more or less right.

On what would have been the best shot I clipped off its wing though.


16 comments:

  1. Impressive, Stuart. That is a big fish!

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    1. Thanks Wilma. Yes it is indeed a big fish.................

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  2. Oh Wow!! So glad your camera setting was right, these are all phenomenal shots.

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  3. Great shots… the second-last is a classic, too...

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    1. Thanks John, I was lucky being in the right place at the right time. Shame I wasn't quite ready for it though........

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  4. Excellent! Strange to see a shot of an Osprey without a Rainbow Trout from a certain Scottish fish farm!

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    1. Hi Stuart, I don't know what kind of fish this is, only that it looks a bit surprised and dismayed at the predicament it finds itself in.

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  5. Great Osprey shots. It must be one of the most widespread birds in the world.

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    1. Indeed it is,it must be the only species I've seen in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. They are much more common and easier to see/photograph in Japan than in England though..............

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  6. Amazing captures Stu. You were right on the ball with the settings there.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment Phil................

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  7. Great pictures - the old "wind clip" is a real pain when it happens!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Yes it should just have flown a bit lower. Birds are so selfish sometimes.....................

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