21 August 2018

On this day (August 21st).....................


August 21st 2015.

An Osprey just outside town 3 years ago today. It's wonderful to have such birds on tap all summer...................

19 August 2018

Another wader season begins...............


Some Red-necked Stints near Yakumo this afternoon..............


On this day (August 19th)........................


August 19th 2011.

A Long-billed Dowitcher near Hakodate 7 years ago today. This remains the only one I've ever seen and it was in summer plumage too................

10 August 2018

On this day (August 10th)...............


August 10th 2015.

A Terek Sandpiper near Hakodate 3 years ago today. This is a common passage visitor but is usually very shy. This one was not so shy and was a bit earlier than usual............

6 August 2018

Still on the river


I haven't done much birding at all in the last 2 weeks. I had a bad back, it was pretty hot and my main lens is in a Canon Service Center somewhere in south Japan.

It wasn't so hot today. The Crested Kingfisher family were on the same stretch of river as 2 weeks ago. A shame I only had the 100-400 as they were reasonably close.

Other stuff around included lots of Ospreys on the coast as well as some Japanese Green Pigeon. Yesterday there were Great Egret and Wood Sandpiper in the ricefields. I hope my big lens comes back before the waders season gets going.

3 August 2018

On this day (August 3rd)..........................


August 3rd 2014.

A Osprey with a big fish in Kamiiso 4 years ago today. Amazing what size fish they can carry...................

31 July 2018

Hoarding


One of the disadvantages of having cheap external hard drives with lots of space is the accumulation of thousands of photos...............


25 July 2018

A mild Monday


Monday saw record breaking temperatures further south in Japan (the hottest day ever in Japan, the hottest day ever in Tokyo) but  surprisingly it wasn't so hot near Hakodate...............


First flight


The young Ospreys are looking well..................


24 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #13


The last batch of photos from this month's trip up to north Hokkaido.............


21 July 2018

20 July 2018

19 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #8


You come across Siberian Rubythroats all over the place on north Hokkaido............


18 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #7


Black-browed Reed Warblers seemed to be more numerous on the Ohotsku coast than I remember............


17 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #6


Middenforffs Warblers are common in the grasslands of north Hokkaido............


On this day (July 17th)................................


July 17th 2014.

A Wryneck near Monbetsu 4 years ago today.

One of the more interesting summer visitors to Hokkaido and one that can be difficult to photograph. This was one of a pair nesting in a very public place. The tree stump has since been removed though...............

16 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #5


The grassland we visit every summer had its Siberian Rubythroats performing nicely.............


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