5 April 2011

On this day (April 5th)........................

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April 5th 2009. Black Necked Grebes at Shikabe.

The harbour at Shikabe always has lots of this species in late winter/early spring and if you're lucky they'll swim en masse to the corner of the port where you're waiting. The secret is to only move when they all dive.............

They congregate to eat these horrible worms that must slither around on the floor of the harbour..........

2008-2010 were very good in this harbour for this species but 2011 was an absolute stinker, actually I've hardly seen any Black Necked Grebes anywhere in south Hokkaido this winter, just the odd one or two here and there. Slavonian and Red Necked have been thin on the ground too yet strangely Great Crested (usually pretty scarce) have been everywhere. Mysterious.............

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3 comments:

  1. I use the same techniques with most of the ducks over here. I'm hiding and then try to get closer when they dive. It usually works fine. I hope next year will be better then... Is it totally over for this year or do you still have chance to see some?
    Well at least you already got ncie pictures of this little fellow ;-)

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  2. Wow, never so many grebe together! Great shot's Stu ;)

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  3. Thanks for the comments, there is a small chance I can see some this spring but I'm guessing maybe not this year.........

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