A very very dark Monday

Brent Goose

It was really dark today with gloomy skies and heavy rain…no snow yet this winter.

I took advantage of Black Friday to get half price DXO PureRaw and I could use it on these 2 high ISO pics (3200) from this afternoon.

I’ve been using Topaz DeNoise for the last year or so. DXO seems slightly better but only just.

Eurasain Coot

It is supposed to work well with Lightroom but from my initial tinkerings it doesn’t really, maybe I’m missing something obvious. I had assumed I could just right-click an image in Lightroom and open it in PureRaw, process it and the new file (with all tags, keywords etc) would be in the same stack as the original. But nope.

I’ll grapple with it later.

Golden Week 2019 begins


An Osprey at Kikonai yesterday. Not much around: Pacific Swift, Common Sandpiper, Black-throated Diver and Great Egret being the most interesting. Inland the first Eastern-crowned Warbler of the year and a few common species were present but that’s all.

Nearer Hakodate there were a few ducks still around including Pintail, Shoveler, Scaup and Wigeon as well as Great-crested Grebe offshore. 5 species of gull included summer plumaged Black-headed………..

Black-headed Gulls

There were also 11 Brent Geese………….

Brent Geese

Beautiful spring weather as you can see but when the weather is so clear migrants just pass straight through.

In Yakumo/Oshamanbe yesterday there were 40 or so White-fronted Geese, Great and Little Egret, a dozen or so species of duck including at least 8 Garganey, Eastern Marsh Harrier, osprey, Buff-bellied Pipit, Little-ringed Plover, a lone Whimbrel, and 7 species of gull.

Back after a break

Brent Goose

I just got back to Japan sfter a break in the UK with a short stop off in Hong Kong.

Yesterday we took a short drive out west. There were several flocks of Brent Goose on the coast as well as large numbers of Common Gull and various duck species including Wigeon, Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser and Harlequin Duck. Also around were Slavonian and Great-crested Grebes as well as some stuff that had arrived whilst I was away like Barn Swallow, Asian House Martin and Bullheaded Shrike.