17 September 2018

More sunny days


I just had 3 days off and though the weather was very good I didn't come away with many pics...........


15 September 2018

14 September 2018

13 September 2018

8 September 2018

Blackouts, quakes, typhoons and thunderstorms.


A Crested Kingfisher near Hakodate earlier in the week.

There was a crazy 24 hour period midweek, First a typhoon passed over Hakodate (it woke me up at 2am). The next day saw the mother of all thunderstorms in the afternoon and at 3am the next night I was woken again by a rather large scary earthquake that knocked out electricity over the whole of Hokkaido.

We were pretty lucky. No damage or danger near Hakodate and our apartment strangely got its power back a long time before most of the rest of town (we were only without electricity for about 16 hours). The fatal landslides were actually in the same town that I took all those wader shots last week..............

No car this weekend and more rain forecast. Hope there are no more disasters at least.


7 September 2018

Before the disaster(s)


Some more photos of the tame Whimbrel from last Sunday, which seems like an awfully long time ago now.............


6 September 2018

A walk on the beach..........


Last Sunday saw a brief break between 2 typhoons with some clear sunny weather...............


4 September 2018

Long-toed Stint creeping around..........


Our quest for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper was unsuccessful but there were some compensations...........


3 September 2018

Broad-billed Sandpiper


Whilst camping we heard of a Spoon-billed Sandpiper reported near Tomakomai so we went to look for it............


1 September 2018

2018 late Summer trip #2


Although we stayed in Oshamanbe waders were pretty thin on the ground compared to Yakumo...............


31 August 2018

2018 late Summer trip #1


We just got back from a 3 night camping trip. The weather was awful: strong winds coming in off the sea, heavy rain...................

We stayed 3 nights in Oshamanbe and our focus was on waders. We managed to see quite a lot over the 4 days despite the weather.


30 August 2018

On this day (August 30th).....................


August 39th 2015.

A White-winged Black Tern near Yakumo 3 years ago today. Terns of any kind are rare in Hokkaido and this one especially so................

28 August 2018

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


August 28th 2011.

A Long-toed Stint near Hakodate 7 years ago today. This tame juvenile bird stuck around for several days and didn't mind being photographed at all............

25 August 2018

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


August 25th 2015.

A Great Knot at Oshamanbe 3 years ago today. This is a regular passage visitor in late summer/early autumn and is often very tame.............

24 August 2018

On this day (August 24th)..................


August 24th 2014.

Black-tailed Godwits near Tomakomai 4 years ago today................

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...................
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