21 June 2010

Midsummer Snipes


A Lathams Snipe next to a busy road yesterday. Route 5, the main road north out of Hakodate, is in places flanked by grassland and scrub and in these areas the Snipes are very common at this time of year.




I managed to take some short handheld video clips from the car window..........



You can see the full HD version if you click on the video.

There were 3 together doing their crazy display flights in this particular location but other individuals were everywhere..........

This is a typical view of one in the grasslands.......


















In Ono the Stonechats have left the nest............




















































It was an overcast day yesterday, I was on ISO 800 most of the time.

 We saw more stuff further north but I'll post that tomorrow............

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England at the World Cup. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. I never fall for the usual pre-tournament hype (why the hell did Capello say anything less than the final would be a failure?) but in my darkest dreams I never expected them to be as bad as they were against Algeria. Carragher strolling to halfway, passing sideways to Terry who punts it back to James who hoofs it up to Heskey who doesn't get anywhere near it and Algeria get it back. How many times did that happen last Friday?

Having said that France are in an even worse situation and Italy/Germany/Spain aren't doing that great either. What's happening?

The construction work started next door, hammers are hammering, saws are sawing and drills are drilling. And England are torturing me in the small hours. It must be summer.

9 comments:

  1. Stu, I have a theory on the England world cup games. We never play well when the game is shown on ITV. Wednesdays game is on the BBC so we'll top the group (fingers crossed).

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  2. Hi Derek, well I think that's the first positive thing anyone anywhere has said about England in the last 8 or 9 days.

    If they could play in red instead of white that might help too................

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  3. Hi Stu, good pics as usual. It could be worse ( the footie I mean) you could have spent Ks ( like some have) going to S A to watch that tripe!! take it easy!!

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  4. Hi Derek B, yes sometimes I'm glad to be poor!

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  5. Wow The first photo looks great! I really want to see one of these.
    Too bad there's only Common Snipe around here.

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  6. Hi Stu, Wow what a nice set of pictures. i love the newly born stonechat pictures a lot. Concerning the world cup, well maybe this is gonna be the year for a surprise, or the year of brazil once again!!! Poor us, I found this world cup pretty boring in terms of quality of game ;-)

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  7. Hi Chris, yes we can both cling to that...............still, Uruguay may thrash Mexico and you may beat South Africa tonight.

    And England have to be able to beat Slovenia tomorrow, don't they?

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  8. Love that last shot.
    Looking forward to England-Slovenia.
    Good luck, England!

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  9. Hi Gallicissa, I wish I could enjoy the day when I can 'look forward' to watching England!!!!!!

    Still, fingers crossed..............

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