The spring migrants are passing through, here a couple of thrushes from this part of the world. Taken in a park just outside town. The Pale Thrush was bullying the other one: must be the ‘dominant’ species I guess.
Some more Crossbills from this afternoon.
I found a small group of Crossbills just outside town today.
Not great light and they were right outside someone’s front door………..
They don’t only eat red berries.
A Japanese Waxwing eating cherry blossoms, how Japanese can you get?
This Osprey really struggled to pluck this fish out of the water. I thought it was going to get dragged under. The action happened too far out for any photos but it flew back inland reasonably close.
The Sanderlings weren’t around but there was 1 lost looking Dunlin.
The Long-tailed Ducks had left the port (although I did see them in the distance way offshore). The Black Scoters were still around.
And this Gadwall were at Yakumo…………a heavy crop this one.
Some shots with the 2X teleconverter from yesterday. I was trying to photograph distant Red-necked Grebes (in summer plumage), Stejneger’s Scoters and (another?) White-billed Diver.
Most of the shots were crap but the above diver wasn’t too bad and was actually handheld.
These shots were on the monopod…………..
One thing I’ve noticed about the R5 is a lot of the monopod/teleconverter shots are soft. I usually use the monopod when I attach a T/C and handhold without. Is it the image stablization ‘fighting’ with the monopod? I know my lens (the 500 f4M2) can sense it’s on a tripod but can it sense it’s on a monopod?
I doubt they’ll be around this coming weekend………………
The Long-tailed Ducks were still present and a couple of males almost in full summer plumage.
We were back in the same port one week later and most of the birds from last week were still around including this tame Pelagic Cormorant. This is the smallest of the 3 common cormorant species in Japan.
Most interesting bird was an offshore White-billed Diver which was too far away for a photo. At Yakumo there were lots of Bewick’s and Whooper Swan, a flock of White-fronted Geese and a few Bean Geese too.
Had a quick drive west of town 3 days ago: not much around. A fishing Osprey, thousands of Common Gull and a flock of Rooks were the most noteworthy stuff……………