15 July 2012

The annual lull.........

Well it's that time of year again. Mid July heralds a month or so of very quiet birding, most of the summer stuff has stopped singing and now I'm just waiting for the waders to start passing through in mid August.

The 2 staples at this time of year are the fishing Ospreys at various locales and the Japanese Green Pigeons at Shikabe. I had no luck with the Osprey pics last Wednesday at Yakumo (despite there being four of them fishing at the rivermouth) and headed out to Shikabe this afternoon on a dark grey afternoon more in hope than expectation. Recently every time I've been there have been fishermen standing on the rocks where they come down to drink but today I had the beach all to myself........

The light was terrible and I couldn't get that close to them but I managed to get a few shots of what is one of my favourite local species.

It was a bit dark for BIF shots.........

Not much else around here but I was surprised when 2 Grey Tailed Tattlers flew overhead heading north.............what's their story? Pretty late to be heading north to breed........

At Onuma earlier I spent a couple of hours getting bitten by mosquitoes.

If the above pigeons seem exotic to UK birders the Little Grebes and Moorhens at Onuma are reassuringly familiar. The latter is much scarcer (and shyer) than it is in the UK.

Nothing much in Hakodate the last few days, just common stuff like this Brown Eared Bulbul.

No sport on TV or the internet this weekend...........thank god for beer.

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  1. Those green pigeons do look exotic I've never come across them before.Wonderful shots of all the birds.That last one is gorgeous!!

  2. I like pigeons and those are smart "doos"!

  3. So it's time for the green pigeons once again. Really nice to see photos of them. Reminds me a lot of the time in Japan. Love the Little Grebe shot too. I still need to photograph this species in breeding plumage.

  4. Thanks for the comments.

    Stuart.......what do you mean by 'doos'?

  5. Annual "lull" here in HK, too - or I'm just getting jaded.

    Still, Green Pigeons on the beach look inspiring..

  6. Apologies - "doos" are Pigeons in Scotland (i.e. doves)!

  7. Stuart-it all becomes clear now...............

  8. Some great summer shots. I'll really have to go sea side and check it out. I wonder if there a green pigeons here too? I know the local peregrines know their whereabouts.

  9. These pigeons shots are wonderful and the grebe is sumptuous. These are two species I would love to see and take pictures off!


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