Japan ~ Image of the Trip

Monday, 1 February 2016

On the way back from our Japan trip RB asked if I had a Image of the Trip ..

Well from the moment i pressed the shutter on this image i knew it was the one ..

Slaty-backed Gulls ~ Kushiro Harbour, Hokkaido

F8 ~ 1/1600 ~ iso 640 ~ @300mm

Love the symmetry of the birds and the angle of there bills is near perfect ..

I was shooting the right-hand bird in portrait, when into the frame walked the 2nd bird and both began calling ..
Through the viewfinder it looked good but once it was all over and seeing the results on the back of the camera, I was thrilled with the symmetry ..  
I could easily of chosen an Eagle or Crane image but they are not unique, there's  plenty of  them on the internet with Cranes displaying and Eagles swooping. 
Go to Japan in winter and the Eagle & Crane images would be straight forward to achieve ..
Go to get two Slaty-backs calling together and you'd be waiting a long time.

So thats my Image of the Trip .. 

Slaty-Backed Gulls ~ Hokkaido, Japan - Dec'15

Sunday, 31 January 2016

All the following images of Slaty-backed Gulls were taken on Hokkaido, mainly at Kushiro Harbour and Abashiri Port ..

Saunder's Gull ~ Yatsushiro Estuary, Kumamoto, Japan - 22.12.15

Sunday, 24 January 2016

This species was the one that I had my doubts about getting images of, its a small gull on a large estuary !!

Would they be easy to see ?
Would I get close enough ?
Do I need to take the 500 Lens ?

Well yes they were easy to see ..
Didn't quite get as close as I'd like ..
And glad I took the 500 !!

RB & JJ had planned it to perfection we arrived on the incoming tide at Yatsushiro Estuary and with no time to spare I decided where I was going to sit and wait out in the hope of a fly-by or better still one close in !!

I sat out in the afternoon with my back to the sun, with the 500 + 1.4x and 200+ Saunder's in the estuary ..
These coordinates show where I sat
32.616510, 130.649459

What more could you ask for !!