From a photo of the time when the rice paddies were covered with water. The morning glow was getting better during the pre-dawn move. Taken with the AF-P 70-300mm, which is attached to the D500 like a lens cap. It's almost never used for bird photography, but sometimes it does the job for landscape photography. It's also good enough for sports events. However, since it is a DX camera, it is exclusive to the D500 among the cameras I own. This makes it even more compact and lig
When I went to a park in my neighborhood, I noticed that there were an inordinate number of white wagtails. They are not rare birds to begin with, but I felt there was something different. Not only were there many of them, but they were also very active. These are the top three wild birds (in my opinion) that I see so often that I don't know when to photograph them. The other two are brown-eared bulbul and... I don't know. I think it's because they are usually on the ground,
Continued from Mt. Jakuchi Part 1 I continued along the mountain path in search of birds, but could hardly find any, and finally reached the summit. A beech forest spread out near the summit, but unfortunately my route seemed to be a bit out of the way, and I passed by it in no time. The summit was surrounded by trees, and there were only a couple of tables and chairs, so there was no view. I took a short break here. I felt restless because there were so many small flies dart
This was in June. I went to Mt. Jakuchi (Iwakuni City), the highest mountain in Yamaguchi Prefecture, to photograph birds. This is a rather long story, so I will divide it into two parts. Fukaya Gorge as seen from Fukaya Bridge on the way to Jakuchi Mountain. It is quite deep in the mountains. This is said to be a good place to observe blue-and-white flycatcher in summer. However, the distance to the top of the trees was quite long, so it seemed unsuitable for photography. It
As I was riding my motorcycle down from the top of the mountain without much success, I noticed something strange about the puddled waterway. A puddle-like waterway with no flow. Black...? I thought something was buzzing around, but it turned out to be a lot of tadpoles. I've seen them in large numbers in rice paddies, but never at this density. How could this have happened? Did the eggs gather here when the water was flowing through the depression in the canal? Or was this t
A beetle single-mindedly feeding on pollen. A lot of insects were attracted to the dogwood flowers. Their bodies are covered with pollen, so they must be helping to pollinate the flowers. This tree grows to about 10 to 15 meters in height, so it seems to be quite large. The tree I photographed was tall enough to be observed, and it was apparently a young tree. Even so, there were quite a lot of flowers and pollen. The bee here is also hard at work collecting pollen. I don't k
An empty campsite. The setting sun shines in and the atmosphere is good. A woodpecker's nesting hole. This is a clump of plants that I saw on the road, not related to the campsite. Grass and ivy clung to some trees, giving them a monstrous appearance. I used the morning haze as a backdrop for the HDR.