A very very dark Sunday with torrential rain but I did notice a flock of 15 White-fronted Geese in the fields outside town. Terrible photo but a bit of a surprise to find them. Very early for this species, a winter visitor, it was 32 degrees just 3 or 4 days ago!
The hot time is here. The start of August always sees Hakodate throwing a huge festival, but not this year for obvious reasons.
Not much around. The Chinese Pond Heron is still there but I only glimpsed it very briefly. Other stuff today included a large group of Black-crowned Night Herons, Sand Martin, Osprey, Pacific Swift, Common Kingfisher, Osprey and Blue Rock Thrush.
It was pretty hot yesterday. The Chinese Pond Heron was still around but flew off before I could try to get any pics. Otherwise not much about: lots of Ospreys, some Pacific Swift, several species of duck braving a Hokkaido summer, Sand Martin and Black-crowned Night Heron.
So my 7DM2 has seen better days. The main dial on top has broken and other bits are loose or stiff or falling off: but nothing major I thought. I could just about manage to get by using the dial on the grip and the Q screen for a few months but as July is generally a birding lull I sent it off to Canon expecting them to do some minor repairs for between $100 and $200.
I still have my 7D Mark 1 so these photos and the last post were taken with that 11-year-old antique. For perched birds at 700mm, it’s still OK .
It was lousy for BIFs with the T/C attached but otherwise didn’t seem so bad. This Osprey on the way home was in better light and without the T/C.
When we got back Canon had been in touch. They want about $700 to fix the camera. The shutter count is so high apparently they want to replace the mirror and shutter as well as the other bits and pieces I had sent it in for. $700 to fix for a 6-year-old camera no longer in production? No way. Especially one as idiosyncratic as the 7DM2. We asked them how much it would be to just fix the top dial but they haven’t got back to me yet.
I’m not really in the position to buy a new camera for a while. The New Canon R bodies look very interesting but are way out of my price range at the moment. I guess the unrepaired 7DM2 will come back and I’ll use it until it dies but then what?
2 very dark rainy days have just passed and we spent an hour or so each day looking for passage waders in the rice padis. Not a single one except for a couple of Little Ringed Plovers (which breed there anyway).
The only noteworthy species was the above Intermediate Egret which was right by the side of the road.