Monday, January 30, 2012

Ducks in Ohori Park

January 1st in Fukuoka was overcast with constant showers. I went to a park called Ohori Park (大濠公園) which is located not very far from Tenjin Station. It is a big park with a large pond inside. Despite the rain, I was quite satisfied with the photos of ducks that I got during my brief visit. There were lots of Common Pochards (Aythya ferina) staying in the pond with a some 20 Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula). Some of them were really tame and even seemed to be asking for food. However, it seemed like the park doesn't encourage people to feed these ducks. There were signs telling what will be the negative impacts if the ducks are fed (for example, they will become so fat that they cannot walk!).
Part of the Ohori Park (大濠公園)

Male Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Since I've never got any decent shot of both Common Pochard and Tufted Duck, I enjoyed taking photos of them up close despite the rain. I think there were approximately 100 Common Pochards in the pond. Most of them were staying in the middle of the pond though, so I mainly focused on the ones that came to ask for food. It was interesting to see that most of them were males. I just realised once I got back to the hotel that I took very few photos of the females and they were not nearly as good as the males'.

Female Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)

Male Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
There were much fewer Tufted Ducks in the pond but most of them were even more approachable than the pochards. Again, most of the were males with only a few female birds. I didn't even get any decent shot of the females. All of the them seemed to be pretty lazy and slept throughout most of the time, except for the ones that came begging for food. Because the light was really bad and it's really difficult to get the correct exposure, I decided to use flash which, as a result, helped bring up the feather details both in the shadow and highlight parts.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
There were also many Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) staying in the pond as well. There was a large tree in the middle of the pond and it was all covered with cormorants' droppings. It was quite shocking for me, as I first thought that it was some kind of lichen. Other birds found in the park included a pair of Gadwalls, some Eurasian Wigeons, lots and lots of Black-headed Gulls and Mallards.


Stuart Price said...

Nice low angles for the duck shots.

I wouldn't want to climb that tree.............

Choy Wai Mun said...

WOW! This is a beautiful series. Well done.

Russell said...

Lovely photographs, Ayuwat. I agree with Stu about the low angles, they're great. Thanks for these, I'm going through a duck phase now and watching them more carefully around here. Their numbers seem to differ from species to species each year in some areas in these parts.

Chris said...

Mamma mia, what a gorgeous message and what beautiful low angle pictures. That pochard male is a beauty! fantastic!