11 October 2011

On this day (October 11th)...........



October 11th 2009.
Black Legged Kittiwake


A Black Legged Kittiwake at Yakumo 2 years ago. There were big flocks of them making landfall in the area during October /November 2009 and some of the flocks contained the rare Red Legged Kittiwake (not seen by me alas).

A very quiet month so far this year..............nothing around my apartment and I caught a nasty cold and couldn't get out much at the weekend (apparently lots of migrants on Mt Hakodate on Sunday, I was at home sneezing so hard I now have backache).

On a brief foray out I did see a Kittiwake at Shikabe on Sunday as well as an Oriental Honey Buzzard but no photos worth posting............hence this old one. Last week I was at Shikabe as well, on both occasions the Japanese Green Pigeons were present but not posing for photos. Nowt much at Onuma either, some migrating White-eye, thrushes and the common resident species...........I got my last mozzie bite of 2011 (I hope) there on Sunday.

A few ducks around, my wife saw 5 Scaup on the moat in Goryokaku Park (I've never seen them there) and Teal and Tufted Duck numbers are slowly building. No Night Herons, or maybe they are still hiding.

I redesigned the blog, it's wider and the pics are bigger. I had to go back manually and change the last 2 years' posts (so that the photos weren't tiny thumbnails floating in sea of blackness), such a boring task it felt like I was at work or something. I gave up around May 2009.............

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6 comments:

  1. Lovely, sharp BIF.
    I think the new design does justice to your photographs.

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  2. Thanks Galllcissa, yes I prefer the wider design, on today's higher res monitors the older design looked awfully thin.

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  3. Guess I'd have to change my monitor to keep up with your new design too! Kittiwake is a nice bird that I'm still waiting for a chance to see one.

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  4. Good BIF Stu, really captures the bird's expression.

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  5. Great Kittiwake, Stu !

    It's the air-con on the bus or train that does me in usually.

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  6. Beautiful kittiwake... It is quite clam over here at the moment. We need some huge depression to get nice things in ;-)

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