24 October 2014

A short autumnal trip


A Black Legged Kittiwake, one of 7 Gull species at Yakumo this afternoon at end of a short trip away...........


20 October 2014

2014 Best of #2

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Well another quiet week combined with a heavy cold means no new photos to post so here's some more stuff from earlier in the year............

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In late February we went to east Hokkaido...............and I took rather a lot of photographs.


14 October 2014

On this day (October 14th).......................

Little Egret

October 14th 2011

A Little Egret on the river near my apartment 3 years ago today.

It was sharing the river with several Grey Heron and Great Egret.

This is not especially common in Hokkaido but I usually see 1 or 2 a year. This one stayed a few weeks and is the only individual of this species I've photographed much. Not as common here as they have become in the UK..............no dramatic northward invasion this side of the Eurasian landmass. Not yet anyway.

13 October 2014

2014 Best of #1

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Well it's been a very very quiet last 2 or 3 weeks so here are some of my fave shots from early winter 2014, all taken in SW Hokkaido............it seems like a long time ago already..............


29 September 2014

On this day (September 29th)...........................

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September 29th 2011

A Mongolian Plover in Hakodate 3 years ago. Most of my local wader shots are in Kamiiso and this was a surprise find on a beach where I'd never seen any waders before................plus it was quite late for this species in Hokkaido.

2010 and 2011 were both very good years for waders around Hakodate. 2012 and 2013 were nothing special and 2014 has been dreadful...............

25 September 2014

On this day (September 25th).............................

Pacific Golden Plover

September 25th 2011

A flock of Pacific Golden Plover in the ricefields just outside Hakodate 3 years ago today. I was actually looking for Sharp Tailed Sandpiper in the same area, but I couldn't find any (and I've yet to find any anywhere).

Not a great photo by any means but it did earn me $75 as it was used in an American birding magazine...............
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