If I have seen further than others, it is by treading on the toes of giants
White rump sharma and common mynah ... I bought a bird book when I was there because there were so many beautiful exotics I didn't know. 'egrets ... I've had a few ....but then again ...'
Yep a very handsome male White-rumped Shama. You see them in cages in SE Asia markets - and hear them too they have a lovely song. The egret is a non-breeding Cattle Egret. I don't how you got such a beautiful pic of the jellyfish but its Phyllorhiza punctata - native around here but like all 3 birds introduced to Hawaii probably in ballast water. They are a nice jellyfish to handle and let kids touch the bell
The jelly fish - I lied - it was not actually swimming past our hotel window during the rainstorm! Instead it was bobbing about in the aquarium, where the workshop buffet was held. It was photographed with my Sony TX10, using one of the multi-shot modes - probably AntiMotionBlur rather than HandHeldTwiglet. What both modes do is take about 6 high iso shots and average them together, with the former opting for higher shutter speed (and maybe producing slight less high contrast jpeg?). ALthough small and waterproof, overall it is quite an irritating little camera. I think that overall I preferred the TX5, which got broken volunteering last year.
Just bought a Tx10 competitor, the Nikon AW100 , which so far I like but it doesn't have any image-stacking modes and haven't tried any low light stuff.
I wouldn't buy a compact camera that couldn't do image stacking. The sensors are too tiny, requiring perfect light (ie cloudy-bright) to get anything half decent.I wonder if the NEX7 is any fun. It has all the Sony multi-image modes plus a great sensor!
The first one specifically is a Cattle egret, Bubulcus ibis.
Ah, "dry grassy habitat" (from wikipedia) sounds right, based on what we saw. I think we generally see the "little egret" in Japan. As an indication of my (lack of) twitchiness, I didn't even realise the beak colour was different until I just checked now.
I've improved wiki - Cattle Egret are thriving because they exploit drier habitats like farmland but they do feed in very wet habitats. Habitat is no help with ID - you can see Little Egret standing next to cows. But range is if you are somewhere like Hawaii.
The white rump sharma look a bit like a male black redstart, also known as Kuro-joubitaki in Japan.We have one of those in our backyard. Very cute birds.
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