22 April 2012

A windy Sunday

An Osprey struggling in the wind at Kikonai this morning. There was a very strong (and cold) easterly wind (not so good for migrants though this side of Eurasia).

The first passage waders have appeared liker this Greenshank.

I also disturbed a Snipe species but couldn't ID it. The common breeding waders, Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper, had already arrived. Here's one of the latter.

Still lots of Brent Geese, Wigeon, Pintail and Red Breasted Merganser offshore but the sea was too rough to check properly. A Glaucous Gull was at Kamiiso but not much else. Ospreys were everywhere again and the ones at Kikonai were the easiest to photograph.

We started off at Onuma but it was cold and windy here too............and foggy. The 4 species of woodpecker were all very active again, here's a male Japanese Pygmy.

 Other stuff at Onuma included Japanese Grosbeak, Whooper Swan, Goosander, Treecreeper and Goldcrest. Brown Thrush and Lathams Snipe were new arrivals, the tame tits and nuthatches were still begging for food.

May is generally the best birding month in Hakodate, hopefully I'll have a few new birds to see and photograph next week.........

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  1. Some nice photos of the Osprey. We can see the eye very clearly no need to worry too much about your lens. I've been birding very little recently as I can only find sparrows and crows the last few weeks. I think you get better birds there.

  2. That Pygmy Woodpecker looks a smrt little bird Stu - great picture too.

  3. The subspecies of pygmy woodpecker in Hokkaido looks much cuter than the one in other parts of Japan. And you also got its hidden red patch!

  4. Varied Tit looks splendid and it looks like the conditions were helpful for Osprey photography...... most of ours here in HK seem to be closest on dull grey days !

  5. Very jealous of your Nuthatch shots Stu and the Osprey images are classy as ever.


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