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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Wallabadah Bird Photos

Great Dividing Range.

Wallabadah is up on the Great Dividing Range, about fifty kilometers east of Tamworth. The cemetery is a favourite spot of mine, which I visit when I go past here on the way up the mountains.

Straw-necked Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)

There were about four immature Australian King-parrot at the cemetery in the morning after the torrential rain of the night before. I am pretty sure this is an immature female.

immature female Australian King-Parrot
immature female Australian King-Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

And I think this is an immature male because of the patchy red on the chest. Sorry about the blown-out background. doh!

immature male Australian King-Parrot
immature male Australian King-Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

Crimson Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Eastern Rosella
Crimson Rosella
Australian King-Parrot
Welcome Swallow
Australian Magpie
Magpie-lark
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Straw-necked Ibis

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Shoalhaven Heads and Gerringong

South Coast, New South Wales.

I stopped in again at Shoalhaven Heads and this time it was not raining. There were a few Bar-tailed Godwits feeding on the shores. They were in breeding plumage, getting all fatted up before their mammoth trek to the Northern Hemisphere.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

One in flight showing the distinctive barring on the tail.

Bar-tailed Godwit in flight
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

And quite a few New Holland Honeyeaters in the bushes around the estuary.

New Holland Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

At Boat Harbour, near Gerringong, there were a pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles soaring above the cliffs looking for a feed. There was a mature male and an immature female.

White-bellied Sea-eagles
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

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Lake Burrill Birds

South Coast, NSW.

Lake Burrill is just south of Ulladulla on the New South Wales south coast.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Royal Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill

Red Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird

Little Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird

Royal Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

The entrance to the lake looking towards Dolphin Point.

Dolphin Point
Lake Burrill entrance

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Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven Heads and Nowra Creek

Shoalhaven Heads is at the entrance to the sea for the Shoalhaven River. Most of the time it was raining so not much chance for taking photographs.

Shoalhaven Heads
Shoalhaven Heads

Moving on up the river to Nowra, I wandered along the Nowra Creek track. There were more birds up the top along the edges of the showground.

Crimson Rosellas
Crimson Rosellas

This bridge spans the creek at the bottom of the track.

Nowra Ck Bridge
Suspension Bridge

Lots of Lewin’s Honeyeaters but not much more. A few Superb Fairy-wrens, Silvereyes.

Lewin's Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater

This is the track going up the hill to the showground where it passes between some big boulders.

Nowra Creek track
Nowra Creek Track

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Kiama 140328

South Coast NSW.

The lighthouse sits right on the headland at Kiama, on the south coast of New South Wales, just below Woolongong.

Kiama Lighthouse
The Kiama lighthouse

And here is the world famous blowhole. The swell was really small so it was pretty crap actually.

Kiama blowhole
Kiama Blowhole

They always gotta have a sign for the idiots.

do not die
You have been warned!

I drove up the main drag to the Spring Creek Wetlands. There was not much there and the weather was miserable and it started to rain and all I got was this photo of a Black-shouldered Kite up on the electricity wires. ha ha.

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite

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Elizabeth Beach

Booti Booti National Park.

The last RAW files would not import so this morning I shot on medium jpeg setting on the camera. I walked out to the headland at Elizabeth Beach, which is situated right on the beach at Booti Booti National Park. There were no birds around at all. I was most disappointed. The bush is really good around here.

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Half Moon

I cannot resist taking shots of the moon whenever I see it in the daytime. The best time seems to be in the early morning before there is too much light which seems to dull all the craters on the moon. Well, the contrast of the craters.

shelley Beach
Boogie Board kid.

A couple of kids were riding their boogies boards in the corner. The waves were not very big but would be better with a bigger swell.

Later I moved to the creek at Pacific Palms where the fishing boats tie up to the wharves. I used to fish prawns out of here in the seventies. ha ha.

willy wagtail
Willy Wagtail

And a butterfly alighting on some lantana flowers. I think it may be some type of Monarch butterfly or similar.

butterfly on lantana
Butterfly on lantana

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Karuah Bird Photography

Shooting in RAW again.

Well, for that time I was shooting in RAW. I got a new Canon 700D so I had to take it for a run. The afternoon was dull and overcast with very little light and getting onto sunset.

Masked Lapwing
Masked Lapwing

I photographed this Masked Lapqing at a shutter speed of 1/1000, aperture of f/5.6, which is wide shut, iso800 and AIServo Autofocus. I also use the Back Focus-button. I have not had a really good look at these photos yet to see if the new enhanced ISO of these new cameras is better than the old ones. It is a question of getting access to electricity as I am travelling.

Immature White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle

Camera settings were the same as above except for ISO400. It is a bit darker than I would have liked.

Australian White Ibis
Australian White Ibis

This is getting very dark here and I had to use ISO3200. You be tht judge if it is too noisy or not. I think it is. In dark situations it is better to turn off burst because the NR engine does not work on multi-photo (burst) mode.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

The next morning in bright sunlight and back down to a nice ISO200. I have not had a look at my books yet to see if this is a Sacred or Azure Kingfisher. And I am way out of touch with Australian bird identification.

White-faced Heron
White-faced Heron

A White-faced Heron taking off after I got a bit too close. I had a problem loading the RAW files into my photo-editing software. I had to do a work-around and load my selected photos in as jpegs. So that is a major hassle. I am going to shoot in jpeg until i fix this problem. It seems that I may have to download Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 as a workaround in the meantime.

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Osaka March 2014

Osaka tourist.

I am spending my last day in Osaka before heading back to Australia tonight. Here is the view from my hotel window this morning. At least I can see the sky.

view from hotel window
View from my window.

Before lunch I went to the hundred yen shop, had a cup of coffee, then went for a walk across the road to Shinsekai. This is the alley where all the izakayas are at. They are very popular and people line up trying to get in around lunch time.

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Shinsekai alleyway.

Kuromon markets are a favourite with me every time I am in Osaka. Here are a couple of crabs in a box for sale.

crabs in a box.
Crabs in a box.

I always seem to spot a TV crew around this area. Today was no exception. There are so many food shows on TV in Japan that one gets bored with them.

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Filming the cook.

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Annupuri Skiing in March

Niseko Annapuri.

This morning I headed over to Annapuri. I had a bit of a little stash of snow that I thought may not be totally tracked out. There was about ten centimeters of new snow last night and it had just kept the old stuff a bit fresh.

Annapuri piste 01
Annapuri pistes

First run was down gate 1, which had a little bit of new snow but icy underneath in patches. Then I went up the Annapuri Quad chair and over the ridge. I just did laps like that for the rest of the morning.

Annapuri piste 02
Annapuri piste 2

On the way home, I went through gate 7 and skied the gully under the double chair lift.

Niseko Village
Looking towards Niseko Village

Annapuri piste 03
Snowboarder at Annapuri

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Hanazono Powder Guides

Hanazono Skiing.

Joe from Hanazono picked me up from the hostel in Hirafu at 7am. There were three other Australian skiers and a couple of Japanese snowboarders in the group. We got to Hanazono and filled in the forms and then were shown how to use the beacons, shovels and probes. We were provided with a good backpack.

Hanzono Powder Guides
Hanazono Powder Guide

I took off with Joe as my guide, whilst the Aussies went with Mark and the two Japanese snowboarders went with a Japanese guide. We went up Hanazono #1 lift at about a quarter to eight and went into Strawberry Fields. At the top it was pretty wind-packed but as we got down the slope it got really nice. I guess we had got about twenty centimeters of fresh snow overnight.

Joe the guide and me
Joe and Me.

After that, we went down the Legend of Shinya piste, which was well covered but still a bit bumpy. Then down Blueberry Fields and another couple of runs down Strawberry Fields.

meathook in the fog
The meathook in the fog

The fog was pretty intense so we did not head up to Hanazono #3 lift. You could hardly see anything.