May 212011
 

This morning I visited Kantaku-no-Sato in Isayaha for a family trip……I only took my 7D with its 17 – 40/4 lens….and what do I find? The place is teeming with snakes! Making do with the equipment limitations (and family’s horror!), I got the following shots of Japanese Ratsnake and Japanese Four-lined Snake….this place definitely needs a dedicated photo trip!

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Rat Snake

Japanese Rat Snake

Japanese Four-lined Snake

Japanese Four-lined Snake

Sep 252010
 

This weekend I was bitten by the exploration bug and decided to check out the famed wader birdwatching location of Imazu-Higata in western Fukuoka city – about 3 hours’ drive away. The weather forecasters said it would be a bright sunny day……alas, it was very cloudy and dark with intermittent sunshine and rain – the only thing constant was the gale-like wind that blew non-stop! Anyway, I did the best I could out of a bad situation and took a few photos then headed back home. On reflection, I think that some shorebird areas closer to my location are better, such as mudflats along the Ariake Sea coast. All photos taken with the 7D, 300/2.8 + 1.4x TC. Various exposure values and ISOs.

Eastern Black-tailed Godwit

Eastern Black-tailed Godwit

Common Greenshank

Common Greenshank

Eurasian Curlew

Eurasian Curlew

Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper

Whimbrel

Whimbrel

Great Egret

Great Egret

Osprey (female)

Osprey (female)

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Siberian Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat

Spot-billed Duck

Spot-billed Duck

Tiger Keelback (dark morph)

Tiger Keelback (dark morph)

Aug 212010
 

Later in the morning, the birds suddenly went quiet and skulked for no apparent reason – that is until I noticed this Japanese Ratsnake patrolling the pond! Probably too small (juvenile) to worry the larger birds, although a female Siberian Blue Robin would probably be just the right size! I made this photo into a panorama aspect, so a bit small to see the details here. Nice to see one in the cream coloration though…

Canon EOS 7D, EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM

1/60 sec at f/2.8; ISO 800

Japanese Ratsnake

Japanese Ratsnake