25 March 2012

Another grey Sunday


A quiet Sunday here in south Hokkaido, tight finances meant we didn't want to spend a lot so we just stuck around town.

The above Whooper Swans were sitting in a snowfield in Ono. Actually it is a paddyfield, in a 6 or so weeks the farmers will be ploughing it and preparing for planting. I noticed the first Skylarks of the year in the same place and there was also a small flock of Rook.

This is amazingly difficult to photograph, they are so wary compared to the resident crow species. It is actually a fairly scarce winter visitor but as I grew up seeing loads of them in England I tend not to bother photographing them much, this BIF was the best one I could get today.


Nothing at Kamiiso apart from the common winter seaducks so I ended up in the bay area, the light was terrible. Lots more common winter water birds here. These are 2 of the more interesting ones, a Pelagic Cormorant and Red Necked Grebe.



So Liverpool's season becomes more embarrassing every fixture (Wigan?!?!).

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5 comments:

  1. The Whooper shot is great. Also like the rook flying. Good detail for such a dark bird. Never seen one actually. Don't know if I'd notice them from crows.

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  2. Just a few days in Thailand already made me forget how it feels to be among the snow. I always looked for the Red-necked Grebe whenever I went out birding but was never lucky enough to see one. So good you're able to see them often over there!

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  3. Lovely shots of the swans,but I'm not over fond of the one that looks like a snake, the Cormorant.

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  4. Thanks for the comments.........

    Yes the Cormorant does look like a big wet slimy snake..........

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  5. Rooks are pretty wary here too Stu, probably because they are treated as Crows and persecuted.

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