26 October 2012

Things moving a little......



1 of 2 Great Egrets on the small river near my apartment today.

Quite a few different birds around town this last week....................Marsh, Varied and Great Tit, Rustic, Black Faced and Chestnut Eared Bunting, lots of Hawfinch, several Daurian Redstart, Red Flanked Bluetail, Brown Dipper, 3 types of heron, the first Tufted Duck of the season as well as Wigeon and Pintail.............

Still a few skulking Night Heron around.............


Last Sunday we went to the mountains to look for bears (somewhat halfheartedly it has to be said). Of course we didn't find any but we did see several different Crested Kingfishers. Very low numbers of salmon at Yakumo, hopefully this is due to the extremely hot end to summer and they will appear in numbers soon.

At Onuma the common resident wood land species were in evidence as well as the first Whooper Swans of the winter...............

Most interesting bird of the last couple of weeks was a female Mugimaki Flycatcher at Onuma. No photos (way too dark). I also found a small group of half a dozen or so Grey Bunting. This is a shy skulking bird that loves dark forested areas..................so almost impossible to photograph for the non serious types like me. Here is a very poor heavily cropped record shot.




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5 comments:

  1. I love the first shot.
    Really great...

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  2. I don't think I'd get out of the car if there was a chance of bears around...

    Like the Grey Bunting pic, I think ALL buntings tend to grub around in darkness and thickets...

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  3. Love the egret shot Stuart. The dark background just works brilliantly with the white bird.

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  4. I did not know grey bunting at all... Not bad for a heavily cropped picture... We are starting to get waxwings over here but they have not been found in big numbers yet... What about you? Do you have some around?

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  5. Thanks for the comments.

    Chris-no not yet, they usually arrive any time from December to March.......

    Phil-it wasn't dark, just compensating for the white bird!

    John-the engine was running.......

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