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メジロなど / Japanese white-eye

Updated: May 16

I don't seem to see many birds this winter. Even when I go to photographing locations that were crowded with many ducks, shorebirds, and plovers last year, I often end up disappointed. Is it the effect of the warm winter? I'm not sure if it's a coincidence or not.


A pair of white-eyes. They were grooming each other happily.

メジロのペア / A pair of Japanese white-eyes
Nikon D500 + SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Cleaning with its beak. It looks quite careful.

メジロのペア / A pair of Japanese white-eyes
Nikon D500 + SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

They also look at the camera as if to say, "What are you looking at?

メジロの抱卵斑 / Brood patch of Japanese white-eye
Nikon D500 + SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

There are gaps on the belly that appear to be egg-holding spots (areas where hair is shed to keep the eggs warm).

夕暮れの水路とアオサギ / Grey heron at irrigation channel in sunset
Nikon D500 + SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

A waterway and a grey heron at dusk.

干潟の海と日没 / Tidal flats and sunset
Nikon D500 + SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

With not much time left before sunset, I headed toward Ajisu. I was able to capture the sunset scenery without being obscured by clouds. Ducks were resting on the tidal flat that appeared like a sandbar.

干潟と山に沈む夕日 / Tidal flats and sunset behind a mountain
Nikon D500 + SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Just before sunset. The sun moves quickly and is unexpectedly busy.

茂みに着地するダイサギ / A great egret landing
Nikon D500 + SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

A great egret. The sun has gone down, but its whiteness still stands out in the evening darkness.

半月 / The half moon
Nikon D500 + Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 contemporary (600mm F8 1/250 ISO 640)

As before, Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 contemporary was used with image stabilization (OS) off. The image was taken handheld at a shutter speed of about 1/2000. As expected, the image remained sharp throughout. If the image quality deteriorates irregularly, I thought that the image stabilizer, which is actively moving the optical system, would be the most suspicious factor, and I think I was right.


Finally, here is a picture of the moon taken with a tripod in this condition.


半月 / The half moon
Nikon D500 + Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 contemporary (600mm F8 1/250 ISO 640)

Equal size cropping. I have no complaints if the image is this good. Sharpness is about Lightroom standard.

半月の表面 / Surface of the half moon

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