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ホオアカなど / Chestnut-eared Bunting etc.

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.

水田に反射する朝焼け / Sunrise glow reflecting on a paddy field
Nikon D750 + AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

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 lightweight, and the image quality is surprisingly good enough for my needs. The image stabilization works well, and the fact that it can capture 300mm images properly is a breakthrough considering the image quality of zooms in the same class in the past.


農村の夜明け / A farming village at dawn
Nikon D500 + AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR

There were many chestnut-eared buntings flying around in the meadow.

ホオアカ / Chestnut-eared bunting
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

I set my sights on what I thought was a song post, hid in the blind, and waited for more than 30 minutes.

The birds seemed to be wary of me because I was too close, and they seemed to avoid this spot, but finally one came.

Unfortunately, the light was not so good...

ホオアカ / Chestnut-eared bunting
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

A bird suddenly appeared in the bushes. It flew away before I had time to observe it.

It looked like a warbler, but I couldn't identify it in my picture book. It looked like a juvenile bird.

未同定 / Unknown bird
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

I found a Japanese striped snake in the same bushes.

I wondered if it was climbing a tree to get at a bird. It didn't look like it was going to move much, so I approached it with my macro lens.

シマヘビ / Japanese striped snake
Nikon D500 + Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

I thought there was something there, but then I saw ants walking around the body of the snake.

シマヘビのアゴを歩くアリ / An ant walking on a snake's jaw
Nikon D500 + Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

The Japanese striped snake is a common snake in Japan and is not poisonous.

The red eyes are quite striking.

According to wikipedia, they rarely climb trees, but this one was in a tree, so it might have seen something unusual.

シマヘビ / Japanese striped snake
Nikon D500 + Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

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