9 November 2008

Lots more winter arrivals

Some Whooper Swans a few days ago on the outskirts of Hakodate. Lots of stuff arriving for the winter now. Around town in the last week the first Scaup, Goldeneye, Wren and Dusky Thrush have all arrived. And so has this individual.

The same Thayers Gull that has been on the local river the last 4 winters. Other Gull species have been arriving too, including this Glaucous Winged Gull on the beach at Kamiso this morning.

11 species of duck at Kamiso now as well as 3 Great Egret a few days ago too. We also went to Onuma twice in the last week and predictably took a lot of pictures of the tame regulars.

I could lie and tell you I didn't tempt them near my camera with sunflower seeds, but I'm too honest for such deceit.

Anyway I couldn't really photoshop those sunflower seeds away.........

A fox was hanging around waiting for some handouts too. Or eyeing the tiny birds that it would never be able to catch........

I was using the lens wide open which meant that although parts of the birds were often out of focus at least the background (bokeh) was nice. Very autumnal.

There were 5 species of Tit at Onuma including the above Varied Tits as well as Great, Coal, Long Tailed and Marsh Tits.

There were a few swans, grebes, ducks and egrets about too and lots and lots of Siskin though of course these weren't so tame.

Lots of small birds in Hakodate last week. Near my place I got Red Flanked Bluetail, Yellow Throated Bunting and lots of Rustic Bunting. This (and the Bluetail too) are one of my bogey species photo-wise. The best I could manage was this.

Here a few seasonal shots to round off.

Bird of the day was this species.

2 Daurian Jackdaw mixed in with the resident Large Billed and Carrion Crow at Onuma. There were also several Rook. Both species are pretty scarce autumn/winter visitors to Hokkaido and someone told us they weer around and we just manged to find them before sunset.

My Calendar finally arrived. You can buy it via the link if you want. A touch pricey for a calendar I agree but I have to say it looks OK. I don't make much profit, if you buy one the net profit will buy me 2 cans of beer. My book should be available soon too and I'll shamelessly plug that when it comes you can rest assured.

Just started watching 'How to lose friends and alienate people' which is pretty funny so far at least.

My other blog is still being experimented on. It'll be updated more often than this one, whether it'll replace this one is yet to be decided...........er I'll think about that later.


  1. Great foxy yarn! That picture really has that wow-factor.

    I think you need to move to your new blog home permanently. If I were you I would just post a last post indicating that I am moving and post all stuff thereafter in the new blog! Tell me when I need to update the links.

  2. So i just tried to order your calendarbut was put off by the slightly expensive postage: $109 USD!!!! Is that right?

  3. Hi there Simon, I think that $109 is for express delivery, you should choose 'economy'. $109 is absurd, who pays that much for a book to be delivered I wonder?

    Hi gallicissa, yup I'll wrap up this blog by the end of the year and move over to my other one. There's still a few things I want to try out though. I started this one on Jan 1st 2007 so exactly 2 years I'll wind it up, Nice and symetrical.....

  4. Hi again Simon, there seems to be a problem with that site, there's a mistake with shipping prices. It should be sorted out 'soon' according to their livechatter. Maybe try again in a day or 2.........


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