21 March 2011

Winter ending...............


A Great Crested Grebe in the harbour in Kamiiso this morning. Last March this same little harbour was full of Black Necked Grebes, hundreds of them. This year they haven't come though (and there were none in Shikabe yesterday either). Not much at Kamiiso at all although I did see see the first returning Osprey of the year...........

Winter is on its way out. Patches of open water are appearing at Onuma. There were 5 White Tailed Eagles and one Stellers Sea Eagle. Usually they were sitting in the middle of the icy lake but occasionally one would lazily flap over.


And all the ducks would panic...........


Small flocks of Whooper Swans, presumably stopping over after coming up from the south, were in the ricefields at Ono........


There were lots of Grey Herons at Onuma too, again I think they are probably new arrivals.......



The tame Tits and Nuthatches seemed a bit scarce today, the usual common resident species were around. Here's one of the local Red Foxes........



After a week fretting over radiation and the end of the world it was nice to spend a couple of quiet afternoons in Onuma. I hope this is a good spring for Japan.

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4 comments:

  1. Great to see all those lovely birds, Stu. I especially like the second fox photo, too. We all need some relief from the disasters of the world -- thanks.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  2. Beautiful shot of the Red Fox on the last one!

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  3. Hi Ayuwat, you're back!

    You missed some horrible stuff happening in Japan, thankfully a long way from where you live at least but hey.......

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  4. I too worry of the consequences Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear plant's disaster may have on all Wildlife.Is this a time of migration to Japan for a number of bird species?
    You do take lovely photographs, good luck with saving for the larger lens!

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