23 September 2017

Spoon-billed Sandpiper


We went camping the last couple of nights and we had to hastily change our plans after we heard a Spoon-billed Sandpiper was present near Sapporo.....


16 September 2017

On this day (September 16th).................


September 16th 2011.

2 Black-tailed Godwits in town six years ago today.

This species is scarcer than Bar-tailed Godwit in Hokkaido and I don't see them every year.............

14 September 2017

A very quiet week.............


A Black-crowned Night Heron hiding in the thinning vegetation near my flat this afternoon..............

Autumn will begin soon: a few birds passing through included Asian Brown Flycatcher and a flock of Grey Starling.

A pretty dull few days though. The above image was processed in ACDsee, Not a very good image to start with but I'm giving the software a try as I'm thinking about Lightroom alternatives. That is sadly the most interesting news I have...............

8 September 2017

A lone one


There was the grand total of ONE Red-necked Stint at Kamiiso the other day.............


6 September 2017

Another Weekend Away #2



Last weekend there were small flocks of Red-necked Stints on many of the beaches north of town.............


4 September 2017

30 August 2017

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


August 30th 2011.

A Long-toed Stint on one of the local beaches 6 years ago today.

This very tame individual (the above picture is uncropped) stuck around for several days, I took lots of shots of what is usually a very shy species..............

26 August 2017

On this day (August 26th)................


April 26th 2011.

A Red Knot in town 6 years ago today.

This is one of only 3 I've seen in Japan (Great Knot is much more common, in fact this was with 2 of its larger relative). I think it is an adult moulting into winter plumage (you can just about see some red on its bell).

24 August 2017

A night away


We went camping a few days ago.................


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


August 24th 2014.

A Red-necked Pharalope near Tomakomai 3 years ago today. This is a bird that can occur locally in very large numbers offshore (usually in spring) but I've only ever seen them away from the open ocean 2 or 3 times..................

Shame it wasn't in summer plumage.

21 August 2017

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


August 21st 2013.

A Black-faced Spoonbill near Hakodate 4 years ago today. An east Asian specialty and pretty rare up in Hokkaido, this individual was only the second I'd ever seen (I've seen another one subsequently).

This young bird had been around for about 10 days or so before it headed south.

20 August 2017

An Ancient Murrelet


I was surprised to find an Ancient Murrelet in one of the ports to the north of town today...............


15 August 2017

14 August 2017

Some more shorebirds..........


Very overcast again, not good for photos. There were a few more shorebirds about at least..............


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