Golden Week 2021 #8

Black Scoter

Most of the seaducks have left the ports and are either offshore or gone back north. There were a few Black Scoters close inshore and a few Stejneger’s always just out of camera range.

Stejneger’s Scoter
American Wigeon

Most interesting duck was the above American Wigeon (in terrible light) and a flock of Falcated Duck (also out of camera range).


Red-throated Diver

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…………..

Black Scoter

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?

Pelagic Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

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.

Pelagic Cormorant

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.