20 March 2012

Winter still hanging on.........


Well spring began today and it was f***ing freezing, lots of snow flurries and a bitterly cold wind blowing in from Siberia, all this after yet another heavy dumping of snow last night.

In Shikabe there were several Black Necked Grebe in the harbour but they were all still very much in winter colours.


A typical view of this species........


All 5 common species of seaduck were around Shikabe and today there was a sixth: a drake White Winged Scoter that was too far off for anything but a record shot.

At Onuma the usual species were present but no Black Woodpecker today, just the tame tits and nuthatches.



The day started and ended in Kamiiso with 2 interesting birds. The first was a flying Lapwing seen briefly from the car window in the morning and the second was a fishing Osprey in the late afternoon gloom, these are summer visitors to Hokkaido and well it is the first day of spring........

This Great Crested Grebe was at Kamiiso.........


I got Lightroom 4 but on my 2008 imac it runs very slowly indeed, looks like I need a new computer this summer..........

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4 comments:

  1. Lovely shots of the nuthatch and tit. Snow bucketed all day here.

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  2. Great shots of the Black-necked Grebe as usual! I went out looking for GCG today but most of them has already gone. Few individuals left were all still in non-breeding plumage...

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  3. Still freezing but you got obvisouly some very nice shots from the grebe to the nuthatch! I would love to be able to do that. It is still winter over here too and except an encounter with harlequin ducks yesterday under a very abd weather, I've not been able to see anything since the long-eared owl despite all efforts!

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

    The snow seems to have stopped now. Maybe.

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