14 January 2011

More Waxwings


  






A Japanese Waxwing in Hakodate this afternoon. I couldn't get close to any flocks but this lone bird was pretty tame and also was on a quiet back street so I didn't have to worry about passing traffic or pedestrians.............












Lots of snow and very very cold still, the kind of places I like to poke around are knee deep in snow. It was a little dark where the Waxwing was but at least it was in a fairly low tree.


In the morning I took the tram down to Irufune to check out the Brent Geese and Harlequin Ducks, both of which were present.............



Lots of snow down here too. I was hoping for some Asian Rosy Finch here but couldn't find any, I did however see Long Tailed Rosefinch, Pale Thrush and Japanese Accentor.............

Bird of the day was a flyover adult White Tailed Eagle being mobbed by a Gull and a Crow............



Other stuff around included Pelagic Cormorant, Wigeon, Scaup, Goldeneye and Red Breasted Merganser. Common stuff included several Glaucous Winged Gulls..........


Looking at other local blogs it appears that Kentish Plover and Lapland Bunting have been seen in Hakodate. Add to the Mountain Hawk Eagle my wife saw last week and that's 3 species that would be new to my Hakodate list (although I've seen all of them elsewhere in Hokkaido). I'm on 197 at the moment so those 3 would have taken me to 200................hopefully I can pick these or other new ones up soon.

Looks like winter 2010/11 is going to be a harsh one here in south Hokkaido..............

Just watched England lose the second 20/20, I've hardly heard of half the team..........

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11 comments:

  1. The waxwing looks absolutely adorable!
    So nice that you've found a tame one. It seems to perch really low comparing to most waxwings photos I've seen. The Brent Geese and Harlequin Ducks are great as well. I miss those incredible feathers of the Harlequins.

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  2. Wow I'm happy you saw more Japanese waxwings.... The pictures are absolutely stunning.... I love them and their atmosphere...
    Be careful mate, some of your text is black and we do not see it.... Nice catch with the brent goose and the Harlequin ducks....

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  3. Thanks for the comments.

    Hi Chris, really? It is all in white on my screen..........

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  4. I was about to mention about the black text as well, Stu. Maybe you need to adjust the brightness on your computer screen a little bit to see them.

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  5. I can't see what you mean! Do you mean the main text in each entry (which is white on my screen) or the links etc (which are blue on my screen)?

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  6. Aha! Found it! I wonder why that happened.............?

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  7. Those Waxbills are such great looking birds. How's the foot these days?

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  8. Hi Mark, thanks for asking, the foot/back seems to be slowly recovering but I'm nowhere near 100% yet........

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  9. Great BIF of the eagle Stu - wow what a size when seen next to the others. Super Waxwings too, looks like I won't catch up with any now until next winter.

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  10. Stu, this is a very impressive serie of image, love your waxwings shots and also the Brent image ;)

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