There were 2 Ural Owls at Onuma yesterday. This was in a hole that I thought had been abandoned.............
30 December 2015
27 December 2015
26 December 2015
December 26th 2011.
A Solitary Snipe at Yakumo 4 years ago today. This is a scarce winter visitor that inhabits frigid winter streams in the hills. I've seen the species several times at Yakumo but this was the only time I ever managed a photo................and even then it was a hastily taken massively underexposed heavy crop too.
Labels: Solitary Snipe
25 December 2015
24 December 2015
23 December 2015
21 December 2015
20 December 2015
15 December 2015
8 December 2015
December 8th 2013.
A Ural Owl 2 years in Onuma. This was in a huge dead 'chimney' tree with a huge hole for it to rest in. My photos from the last few weeks are of a different individual in a different hole.
Unfortunately the next spring the tree snapped in half during a storm................so the Owl had to move somewhere safer but also away from prying cameras....................
7 December 2015
6 December 2015
5 December 2015
Last Sunday at Onuma it got very dark so I switched cameras and borrowed my wife's 6D. This is Canon's entry level full frame camera and althought it lacks in the AF department it is supposed to be a champion at high ISOs. Anyway the Owl wasn't exactly jumping around so AF was not an issue.
The top pic is uncropped and wide open at f4 and I quite like the effect.
The pic below is trimmed a little. It is ISO 1600, something I would only rarely do with an cropped sensor Canon, even the relatively new 7D MK2.
So now I'm thinking should I get the 1DX MK2 or just settle on the 5D MK4. My wife would kill me if she found out I was thinking of such things but luckily she never reads my blog................
My hospital experience is over, on doctor's advice I'm off booze, exercise and spicy food for a week or two and my insides still feel way off.
It's a blizzard outside. Winter has come...................hope the Owl is snug in its treehole.
2 December 2015
30 November 2015
29 November 2015
25 November 2015
23 November 2015
22 November 2015
More eagles arriving at Yakumo but none of them doing anything interesting.
The river full of salmon, some first snow flurries, a pair of Goshawk at the rivermouth plus a few common winter birds at Yakumo but sweet FA at Sawara and in Hakodate................
I won't be in Yakumo for at least 2 weeks, next time it will be probably be all white and hopefully full of eagles on the ground or at least in a tree.
16 November 2015
It was about 18 degrees today, short sleeve weather, literally well rolled up sleeves maybe.................dragonflies are still buzzing around and I even got an insect bite. Weird weather we're having..................
15 November 2015
13 November 2015
November 13th 2013.
A Red-breasted Flycatcher 2 years ago today in Hakodate. A female or immature I guess...............
This is a scarce but probably regular passage visitor and was my second individual after one a few years earlier.
I've also seen the very closely related Taiga Flycatcher in Hakodate but females/immatures are very similar. This was originally identified by me as a Taiga Flycatcher................nut I was wrong.
Labels: Red Breasted Flycatcher
11 November 2015
10 November 2015
In late autumn the resident Carrion and Large Billed Crows are joined by 2 other species............Daurian Jackdaw and (Eastern) Rook. These are winter vistors from the Asian mainland and are much shyer than the resident species.
There seem to be lot of the Jackdaws this year. About a dozen or so mixed in with the Rooks. The above crappy photo shows a grey phase adult with a Rook underneath.
They perch on high wires against grey skies and fly off as soon as you look at them, not ideal photo subjects. I guess I could be more patient but after growing up in the UK it's a little hard to get excited by rooks and jackdaws.............................
Labels: Daurian Jackdaw