Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Search for the Blue Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Cyanoptila cyanomelana cyanomelana

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

April 23, 2016

I went to Junsai-ike today looking for this bird and I failed so here are left-over pics from last week.

I received an interesting observation from Matt Poll of Snowy Owl Lost that the above and below mentioned bird could possibly be a Zappey's Flycatcher. To be honest I had never heard of a Zappey's and just thought this to be a pre-adult Blue-and-white Flycatcher. The interesting features are the bluish throat and breast, unlike an adult male Blue-and-white Flycatcher which is predominantly black from the face to the chest. 

All of these photos have just been resized with no other editing other than converting them to web colour. The top pic has been intentionally saved in Adobe 1998 to keep the colours true. 

Today, I got to Junsai-ike just after 8am and stayed till noon. Just walking back-and-forth, where I'd seen this beauty last week. The photos here were taken on two separate visits last week, although I believe they are of the same bird.

I hope all of these edits shed some more light on what it truly is. Today I didn't see any male Blue-and-whites although I saw a female drop into the covers. There were buckets of warblers, Oriental Goldfinches and Pygmy Woodpeckers. The latter chased any similar sized birds and ruined my only chance at a male Narcissus Flycatcher.

Today was the first of a three-day-Golden-week-holiday. Tomorrow will rain but hopefully Mr Honma and I will put on our armour for Thursday. Will keep you posted.

Thank you for keeping me on my toes, Matt. I will be aware of possible Zappey's from now on!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Blue-and-white Weekend

Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Junsai-ike, Niigata, Japan

April 24, 2016

Here are some birds from Junsai-ike this weekend. I went there few a few hours both Saturday and Sunday. Pretty nice.

Red-flanked Bluetail

Brown-eared Bulbul

Oriental Greenfinch

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sakura Along the Shinano River 2016


Shinano River, Niigata, Japan

Sony RX100iii

April 2016

Here are some pics from along the Shinano River in Niigata City taken the last couple of weeks. I have been in gear-head mode. Most of these pics are with the Sony RX100iii. A superb little camera.

I also used my Nikon D800 with Nikkor AF-S 105mm 2.8 VR as well as some shots with Nikon D7100 with Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm 5.6 VR. I also took some nice shots with my Nikon P300 and my iPhone 6! - but I haven't included them just because I can't find the folder I downloaded them to. Don't you hate that? No editing has been done to these pics. I just exported them from Aperture to j-peg at 1024pixels. Not even a watermark this time.

nikon D800 with Nikkor AF-S 105mm 2.8 VR

Nikon D7100 and Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm 5.6 VR

Whoops! This is at Junsai-ike, Niigata.