Monday, January 26, 2015

Rockets

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

January 24, 2015


Saturday was supposed to have poor weather but a sunny morning saw me grab my gear and head to Hyoko for the afternoon. I was only there for 80 minutes but I took about a thousand pics. 

It was very exciting for a raptor nut such as myself with peregrines stirring up the ducks farther over behind the trees you can see in the above landscape. 

It was so exciting I went back again yesterday and saw what I believe to be the same two Peregrines  from the day before, an adult and the below young one.

Lots of families take their children there to buy rice husks and feed the ducks and swans, hence there are many birds attracted to the place and it is a wonderful place for photographers.

Sunday was pretty dull but I'm pretty happy with the action shots for dim conditions with my new Nikon D7100. The landscape at the top was with my D800 and 25mm lens.


A young Peregrine Falcon

as it flew over on Saturday

At the back of Hyoko many wild ducks mostly Eurasian Teal and Mallard were stirred up by an adult Peregrine on Sunday, January 25.


Where's the falcon?

-If you look just above-right of the centre you can see the out-of-focus adult Peregrine moving left.

I could only see the falcon when it rose above the landscape!



If you go down from the "J" in Jenkins you can see a male Baikal Teal heading left.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day of the Two Trillers

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

7:28am


According to Wikipedia, a 'Triller" is a small kind of cuckoo-shrike found around Asia, Australia and some Pacific Islands. Australia has two, the White-winged Triller and the Varied Triller.

I first encountered a Triller in Toowoomba around the end of the last century. I found a small black and white bird laying on the ground in a suburban front yard. It was alive but obviously out of it when I picked it up. It was underneath a large, lone tree but far away from windows or streets. Sadly it passed away in my hands in just minutes. I identified it as a Varied Triller and I have always been puzzled as to what had happened to it. It was far from its natural habitat. I suspect it was a victim of land clearing. 

Time went by and on September 28, 2014, Michael Atzeni and I encountered a White-winged Triller at the Wyreema poo ponds, at around 7:30 in the morning. Mick and I had a nice morning birding for a couple of hours. Later in the day, I was stir crazy, and family and I went for a look at the scenery at Prince Henry Drive. I abandoned my family to the car when I saw Fairy-wrens and finches in the grass and lantana. (Of course, just for a minute as any birder would say) As I approached the small birds a black and white bird flew out in the open right under my nose. I managed just a couple of shots before the camera's shutter revealed it had gone. It was a Varied Triller. Two birds in the bush on the same day! Australia's two Trillers.


White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

White-winged Triller

Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

Varied Triller

Prince Henry Drive, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

3:15pm

Varied Triller

Prince Henry Drive, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

September 28, 2014

3:15pm