21 August 2016

Not what I was expecting


Another typhoon hit Hokkaido meaning grey skies and rain.................and we had several (small) earthquakes last night too.


10 August 2016

Moulting


A family of scruffy moulting Goosander are on the river at Kamiiso every summer. They can't fly at the moment and if they need to move quickly they thrash and paddle away in a flurry of stubby wings and splashes........it seems to be effective in a desperate kind of way and they just about get the job done. Probably some metaphor in there somewhere.

The heat/humidity seems to have receded slightly...........hopefully not just a temporary respite.

8 August 2016

28 July 2016

On this day (July 28th)..................................


July 28th 2014.

A Spectacled Guillemot near Esashi 2 years ago today. Only the second one I'd seen in southern Hokkaido, it must have been blown inshore by strong westerlies. It looks a bit scruffy...........probably an adult beginning its moult. They look great in full summer plumage but I only see them as distant specks off the capes of east Hokkaido then....................

24 July 2016

A real struggle


I noticed some unusual Osprey behaviour a few days ago.................


21 July 2016

East/North Hokkaido Summer 2016 #7


The breeding season was in full swing in the grasslands of North Hokkaido................


East/North Hokkaido Summer 2016 #6



We camped for 3 nights on the Ohotsk coast. It was our 3rd consecutive time at this campsite, I chose it because it has Siberian Rubythroats singing in front of the tent..........


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