wedge-tailed eagle

Raptors

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Accipitridae – hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites and Old World vultures Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) Brahminy More »

hyottoko mask

Japanese Cultural Night #2

Saturday Night Live. Last night I went out to the second Japanese Cultural Night at the Ski-jo up the road(Furano, Hokkaido, Japan). The last one was a few weeks ago so I More »

ski furano

Furano Skiing 3

Skiing at the Furano Zone. I woke up this morning an looked out the window and there was about ten centimeters of fresh snow on the cars. Which was a very good More »

kobe

On to Hokkaido

Arrived in Furano. I am so tired. My eyelids are drooping and my shoulders feel like the weight of the world is upon them. My head feels heavy and I am almost More »

oasis hummingbird

Best Bird of the Year 2010

Best Bird of 2010 I saw a post on 10,000 birds about the best bird of 2010 so I was curious as to what defines the “best” bird of the year. I More »

Pacific Gull

2010 Birding Photography Retrospective

2010 Looking Back Well here we go again. Another year bites the dust. I can remember doing my Overview of 2009 just like it was yesterday. The new year of 2010 started More »

la hoya skiing

South America Overview

South America I flew into Buenos Aries from Sydney after a horrendous 14 hour flight. It took me a few days to readjust my body clock. Meanwhile I was really enjoying going More »

Snowy Egret

More Chicama Surf, Birds

More Surfing and Birds at Chicama, Peru. This morning after my surf at Chicama, I saw an Egret down on the rocks below the hostel. I had seen a couple of them More »

American Oystercatcher

El Chaco, Paracas NP

El Chaco Birding. El chaco is the town and port at the entrance to Paracas Nature Reserve in Southern Peru. This morning after I arrived here, I went for a walk along More »

Andean Lapwing

Bird of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Copacabana and Isla del Sol, Bolivia. The Puna Teal is found on the Andean altiplano. Its Chilean name is Pato puna. They have a black cap that extends to below the eyes. More »

yurtz rail jam

Yurtz Rail Jam

Hirafu Niseko.

Tonight I went down the road to the Rail Jam, which was skiing and snowboarding on a rail. Park tricks.

Rail Jam Yurtz
Big Crash.

Rail Jam Yurtz 2
sliding

Rail Jam Yurtz 3
Snowboarding park trick

Rail Jam Yurtz 4
skier park trick

Rail Jam Yurtz 5
Riding the rail

Rail Jam Yurtz 6
skier

bokor

Barbets

Some Megalaima.

These are some Barbets that I found a couple of years ago on my trip to South-east Asia. Megalaima is a genus of Asian barbets (family Megalaimidae). The name means ‘large throat’, from the Greek mega (‘large, great’) and laimos (‘throat’). There are 24 species in this genus
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Blue-eared Barbet
Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis).

Bokor Hill, near Kampot in Southern Cambodia. August 2012.

Flame-fronted Barbet
Flame-fronted Barbet (Megalaima armillaris baliensis).

baliensis sub-species. Bedugul Botanic Gardens, Bali, Indonesia. April 2012.

Lineated Barbet
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)

Record shot only. Ranong, South Thailand. June 2012.

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) .

Ayutthaya, Thailand. June 2012.

Red-throated Barbet
male Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos).

Phang Nga , south Thailand. June 2012.

niseko

Niseko Sunny Day

Hirafu.

Yesterday the sun came out again. No new snow.

super ridge
Super Ridge

kutchan
Kutchan

Looking towards Kutchan from up the top of Hirafu.

niseko peak
The peak at Hirafu

niseko peak 2
Hirafu Peak

annupuri

Annupuri Skiing

A Sunny Day.

Today it was a sunny day for a change. No new snow but at least the sun was out for a while. The wind was a bit chilly up the top of the mountain but down below it was ok. I took a few photos on my point and shoot. This was last night.

Kayo-chan
Kayoko

Sean and Mark
Sean and Mark

We took the hooded chair up to the top, then Ace number 4 and traversed across to Annupuri.

Niseko village
Looking towards Niseko Village

We did a few runs down below the quad chair. Then up the Annupuri Gondola to the top of the hill.

Kayo at annupuri
Annupuri

Then traverse back to Hirafu.

annupuri tree
Annupuri tree.

babbler

2014 Retrospective

2014 in Review.

2014 was a pretty quiet year for photography for me. But here it is.

Annapuri piste 02
Annapuri piste

This one was taken at Lake Burrill on the South Coast of New South Wales.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo

Taken at Manilla on way to Borah Creek.

Brown Quail
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora).

And this one at Borah Creek, west of Tamworth, NSW.

Red-winged Parrot
Red-winged Parrot

Forster, NSW. At the end of the Tuncurry breakwater.

Australasian Gannet
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Narranderah Common, Riverina area, NSW.

Superb Parrot
Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii).

Jack’s Creek, Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith, Riverina area, NSW.

Splendid Fairy-wren
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens).

falcon

Lake Wyangan Birds

Griffith Area Birds.

Here are some birds that I photographed on the shores of Lake Wyangan, near Griffith, in New South Wales.

Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus).

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Galah
Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus).

baby Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

This is a baby. See the white around the beak.

Lake Wyangan Birds

Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)
Swamp Harrier ( Circus approximans)
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus)
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

peaceful dove

Cocoparra N.P. Part 2

Cocoparra National Park.

Part two of my weekend trip to Cocoparra National Park. These first few are my remainders from Woolshed Flat. I got some decent shots of Southern Whiteface.

Southern Whiteface
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)

This one had a grasshopper and was bringing it into a hollow of a tree. Not sure if there was a nest in there or not.

Southern Whiteface
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)

The White-winged Choughs had a nice mud nest and the whole mob of them were screeching at me and trying to divert me from the nest.

White-winged Chough
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphus)

The next morning I went to a water-hole but only seen a Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) and a pair of Bar-shouldered Dove come down to have a drink.

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

On the way back out I saw a Blue Bonnet fly up from the side of the road.

Blue Bonnet
Blue Bonnet (Northiella haematogaster)

Kangaroo
Kangaroo

Goanna
Goanna

babbler

Cocoparra N.P. September 2014

Cocoparra National Park.

I spent the weekend at Cocoparra National Park, about thirty kilometers from Griffith, in the Riverina region of New South Wales. It was relatively dry with no water in any of the creeks.

Splendid Fairy-wren
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)

female Splendid Fairy-wren
female Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)

I think this is a tick but I just cannot remember. doh! This was up the gorge at Jack’s Creek.

White-browed Babbler
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)

At Woolshed Flat, just near my camp.

Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

I thought these were Yellow-throated but no. Wrong again.

Speckled Warbler
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)

I did not expect to see these on the ground. They were feeding in the grass with they Yellow-rumped Thornbills.

Jacky Winter
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)

Lots of these around.

Brown-headed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)

Not sure if I have seen these before.

Cocoparra bird list

Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphus)
Olive-backed Oriole
White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis)
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)
White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus)
Australian Ringneck
Peewee

ringneck

Riverina Wildlife

Murrumbidgee Area.

I found this lizard under some bark along the Murrumbidgee River near the Euroley Bridge. I think it is some kind of gecko but have no idea which one. edit: Thanks to Aaron and Marlene for the ID. :) It was a Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus).

gecko ?
Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus).

gecko ?
Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus).

Australian ringneck
Australian Ringneck ( Barnardius zonarius barnardi)

half moon
Half moon.

peafowl

Point n Shoot

Central West, NSW.

Here are some photos from my Lumix point and shoot. It is a very cheap camera and handy for taking touristy scenery shots. It fits in the pocket and I just leave it on Automatic and press the button when I see something on my walks.

gum swamp
Gum Swamp

This is Gum Swamp at Forbes. There are a few White-bellied Sea-eagles nesting out in the middle in a big tree.

lake wyangan panorama
Lake Wyangan panorama.

The panorama feature on the Lumix is quite handy. I use this the most.

Lake Wyangan
Lake Wyangan

No wind, blue skies. Late afternoon glass-off. The wake-boarders loved it!

canola field
Canola Field

I love the colour of the canola fields. I cannot stop taking photos of them. The yellow and blue are complementary colours as well. Bonus!