Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Ravensbourne

Black-faced Monarch

Ravensbourne National Park, Queensland, Australia

January 3, 2014

Time does go by quite quickly. These are bird encounters at Ravensbourne National Park with Kay and Kevin Williams back at the start of 2014.

Brown Thornbill

(above and below)

Eastern Yellow Robin

(Above and below)

Green Catbird

(Above and below)

Australian Magpies

(In early morning chorus)

Noisy Pitta

(Pretty excited about this one)

Straw-necked Ibis

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Home Delivery

Northern Goshawk

Adult male with prey

City Park, Niigata, Japan

July 5, 2015

Mr Honma and I visited the goshawk family again on Sunday morning and were happy to see three young sitting about looking pretty healthy. We both managed to get a number of portraits before deciding to leave. Just when we were leaving the adult male flew right over us and landed on a nearby horizontal branch and within seconds one of his daughters took his place. 

It was a good view of some interesting behaviour. I wonder what the prey was? I noticed it had two rings,. if you look closely...

This is a heavy crop of the above photo...Do you see the bands on the prey?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

This is Not a Pigeon

Northern Goshawk

Newly fledged

Niigata City, Niigata, Japan

June 21, 2015

We had such a great weekend. On Saturday, we went to Tokyo and saw a magnificent Rene Magritte exhibition. It took 13 years to prepare and consisted of his works from collections around the world. We also enjoyed a full-Aussie breakfast at bills restaurant then a grand lunch at the Outback restaurant.

On Sunday we were back in Niigata and I thrilled at seeing three newly-fledged Northern Goshawks in the secret Niigata city park. It was late and light was low but we got some nice views.

There are a lot of new birds in the city. The kestrel family I have been watching for the last 11 years were also successful in getting three out of the nest. Last week were heard the news that the prefectural office is home to a new Peregrine Falcon and Mr Honma was excited telling me he discovered a second chick on Sunday morning. A good count from three raptor nests!! -3 Northern Goshawks, 3 Common Kestrels and 2 Peregrine Falcons. Sadly the forecast for next weekend is rain on both days so I don't know how many photographic chances we'll get.

Anyway, last weekend was truly eventful and one to be remembered. 

Northern Goshawk


Northern Goshawk