23 April 2017

Spring arrives in full


A crap heavily cropped pic of an Eastern Marsh Harrier, I saw them in several places today.

After some pretty prolific posting in 2017 (100 posts by mid-April, it's true I have no life) the bird photos and hence the posts dried up this week. I saw some pretty good birds today but nothing posed for the camera despite me walking for 12km with my big lens (I know how far because my iphone tells me).

At Yakumo there were Bar-tailed Godwit, Terek Sandpiper, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Osprey, Goshawk, a flock of White-fronted Goose, Little Egret, Great Egret, Black Scoter, huge numbers of Pintail and Teal, a few Shoveler and Wryneck.

Siberian Stonechat, Red-cheeked Starling, Black-faced Bunting and Asian House Martin are everywhere...........spring is in full swing at least.

6 comments:

  1. It often occurs to me that you guys with those big lenses must get arm-weary after a while.

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  2. Your harrier pic is better than I ever get. They are fairly common in winter here but way out over the lagoons and shy. Other birders ignore them which I find strange. I think they are cool. I can't imagine carrying such a big lens for 12 ks. I am too weak and dainty for my zooms.

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    1. They probably don't bother with them because they are so frustrating to photograph..........11 years and I still don't have an even passable shot of one.

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  3. 12k with the 500mm is dedicated....I am always tempted to put it back in the bag when walking.
    Trying to photograph hirundines can get quite physical, the raptors are gone too quickly.

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    1. It'll either make me stronger or knacker my back. Time will tell.

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