2 March 2012

So this is March

A Red Breasted Merganser and some Scaup on the sea this morning. I walked/waded through the slush down to the nearest fishing port, not much around. In addition to the above there were Great Crested Grebe, Goldeneye and Wigeon. I could have walked down to Irifune to check out the Brent Geese and Harlequins but couldn't face the inevitable trudge through the deep snow, they'll still be around in a week or 2 when hopefully the thaw will have set in.

There were also 2 or 3 Red Breasted Merganser on the river near my apartment.

I don't really know why they are hanging around so far upstream. Not much else around: Wren, several Daurian Redstart, a handful of Dusky Thrush, a single Long Tailed Rosefinch. Very quiet. No Waxwings. No Crossbills or other winter finches.

The Grey Heron and Great Egret were still around yesterday.

Here's one of the commonest local birds, a Brown Eared Bulbul. It seems to be missing a tail.

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  1. Great shot of the pair of mergansers and the last shot of the bulbul with berry is just fantastic, tail or not. You're good at getting those, ..birds with berry in bill, I know.

  2. Fantastic photos,I also really like the last one!

  3. Cracking bulbul shots Stu and those mergs really stand out on the clear water.

  4. Wow, look at that Bulbul. Great bird, nicely photographed.

  5. Love the Mergansers.... hope the thaw comes soon.

  6. Stunning series! Fantastic captures of the Red-breasted Mergansers (love their mohawks!)and Brown eared Bulbul, though all your photographs are wonderful. A joy to visit your terrific blog!

  7. This is funny cause I just came back from Fukuoka and saw exactly the same birds as you posted here in this blog. I feel like I'm looking at the photos of the mergansers and scaups that I just took, except that there's snow down here any more.


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