Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 30, 2015

Yurtz Rail Jam

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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

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

January 27, 2015


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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

Blue-eared Barbet
Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis).

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

Fire-tufted Barbet
Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)

Cameron Highlands, malaysia. March 2020. This is such a bad photo. But it is a pretty cool bird.

Green Imperial Pigeon and Crimson-fronted Barbet
Crimson-fronted Barbet (Megalaima rubricapilla).

Koggala Lake. Sri Lanka, March 2017.

Brown-headed Barbet
Brown-headed Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica).

Baratpur, rajastan. india. July 2017.

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.

White-cheeked Barbet
White-cheeked Barbet (Megalaima viridis)

White-cheeked Barbet – Calicut, Kerala. India. October 2017.

Great Barbet
Great Barbet (Megalaima virens)

Great Barbet – Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. August 2017.

Barbet bird list

Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis).
Flame-fronted Barbet (Megalaima armillaris baliensis).
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos)
White-cheeked Barbet (Megalaima viridis)
Great Barbet (Megalaima virens)
Brown-headed Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica)
Crimson-fronted Barbet (Megalaima rubricapilla)
Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)

January 17, 2015

Niseko Sunny Day

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Yesterday the sun came out again. No new snow.

super ridge
Super Ridge


Looking towards Kutchan from up the top of Hirafu.

niseko peak
The peak at Hirafu

niseko peak 2
Hirafu Peak

January 14, 2015

Annupuri Skiing

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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.


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

Then traverse back to Hirafu.

annupuri tree
Annupuri tree.

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