3 November 2014

New camera and (almost) new bird


My 7D Mark 2 arrived on Saturday. Naturally the weather has been unrelentingly awful ever since....................




Yesterday was dark and drizzly, today saw rain, hail, sleet and snow. Not many birds about except at the port in Kamiiso. There was a drake American Wigeon in among the Eurasians...................


Not a new bird but the only other one I'd ever seen was also in Kamiiso about 8 or 9 years ago, before I took up photography. It stayed out in the middle of the harbour, these are all 700mm and cropped.

The Mark 2 has a very different menu system and some new (to me) AF features. These shots were handheld out of the car window..................




I was using burst mode so a lot of very similar shots..............





Scaup and Shoveler were also in the harbour and nearby were Great Egret, a few common ducks and Glaucous Winged Gull. The first White Tailed Eagle of the winter was at Onuma yesterday where the Whooper Swan flock is growing slowly. The mountain tops were covered in snow.............winter is coming.

Liverpool have reverted back to the late Benitez/Hodgson era. Oh dear.

8 comments:

  1. Nice pics in the rain. The American Wigeon looks quite colourful next to the other duck. What is it? Another wigeon? It looks interested in the American. Enjoy the new camera.

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    1. The other duck is a Eurasian Wigeon. American Wigeons are usually found in flocks of Eurasians.......................if you're lucky that is.

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  2. The American Wigeon is a rather nice specimen and you have some good shots there. I guess it will stick around for a sunny day?

    Very interesting what you say about immigrants to Japan. If only we had the same approach here the country would be better off in many ways.

    Think I'll check out the 7D online.

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    1. I hope it will stick around too.......................

      Mind you if I were a Eurasian Wigeon I might be thinking about American immigrants coming over here, using our bays and rivers, eating our duck food, taking our duck jobs and even hybridizing with our females.

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  3. The results look good. It will be interesting to hear how you go when you need to use a high ISO. I was lucky enough to see an American Wigeon in a flock of Eurasian ones in Matsue.

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    1. Hi, I'm still getting used to the settings. These shots were taken with auto ISO but nothing above 800 I think..............

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  4. We've never had a "proper" American Wigeon down here, a couple of hybrids has been the best we could do. Looking forward to more with the 7D Mk2….

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    1. Hi John, yes I think this one is a full American Wigeon. Weirdly we've had westerly strong winds from Asia the last couple of weeks, maybe it had already been in Russia or China..............

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