4 January 2018

Slow eagle season?


We were in Yakumo yesterday...............


2017/18 is not turning out to be a vintage season for the eagles. Too few salmon I guess. Whilst late November/early December was OK it seems they have exhausted their food supply. Nasty weather stopped me going for several weekends and by late December I hardly saw any feeding (certainly compared to other years).

Eagle numbers seem fine and there are a lot of immature Stellers so hopefully it's just a blip.

The weather was not so good upstream..............





Other stuff around included Sparrowhawk, Brown Dipper, Japanese Wagtail, the usual common ducks and gulls and several Great Egret............


At Onuma there were 8 Falcated Duck but I couldn't relocate the Baikal Teal. A few common birds like Goldcrest and Jay were in the forest......................

I often use my 1.4X teleconverter with my 500 f4 lens but not recently.

I thought the teleconverter had a fault. It didn't work properly with my 500 lens on both the 7D and 7DM2. I sent it off to Canon before christmas to get it checked and they rang back to say it is fine. I tried the 2X teleconverter with the 500 last week and it had the same problem ( AF cutting out, strange noises from the IS, aperture of '0' and error warnings: all only intermittent but annoying).

The problem must be the lens: although it works fine by itself I guess the electrical contacts responsible for teleconverters aren't working properly. So I guess the lens has to go back to Canon soon.

2 comments:

  1. It's disappointing that the eagle numbers seem to be down.

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    1. The eagle numbers seem fine. It's the salmon numbers that are the problem this winter..............

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