15 May 2013

A different day, a different Stilt


In between a couple of spells with the Crossbills at Kamiiso 2 days ago I checked the beaches for waders.

There was yet another Black Winged Stilt, this one was actually in the harbour just where the fishermen bring their boats up..................

It was very nervous.





There were some cats eyeing it hungrily so I didn't mind making it skittish..............I may have saved its life as it eventually flew off in the direction of the river.

I could get some more natural looking Stilt shots than the tame one in Goryokaku Park (that one seems to have left now).






As I said before there must have been a big influx of this species into south Hokkaido this year, this is the 5th individual I found this spring. Forgive the deluge, I probably won't see another one for 3 or 4 years.............






There were a few other waders around including 2 Ruddy Turnstone, one of rhich was coming into summer plumage.



The commonest spring wader is always Grey Tailed tattler and there were 7 or 8 of them around.............


One of them was tagged................I suppose I should report this somewhere. A green tag with 'ABD'? I wonder where that could be?

***EDITED TO ADD: according to this link it was banded in Queensland Australia. Ironically I saw my first ever Grey Tailed Tattler in Cooktown QLD in November 1994......maybe this is one of its descendants.......

Still not sure what "ABD" means though.......



I saw a colour tagged Red Necked Stint 2 or 3 years ago but was disappointed to discover it had been tagged somewhere else in Hokkaido!

I saw 2 Red Neked Stint in summer plumage at the end of the day but the light was fading and I had to catch the train home..........................

Most of the gulls/ducks have left but there were still Black Headed and Common Gulls around, all in summer plumage. Here's the latter.............



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6 comments:

  1. Wow, even more stilts!? Wonder what happened this year, so many stilts turned up throughout Japan it seems. This one looks like a female with that brownish mantle contrasting to the black wings.

    Do you have more photos of the tagged tattler? Does it have any tag on the other leg?

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  2. Hi Ayuwat, it had a metal ring on its other foot but I can't see any writing on it..............

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    1. Anyway I found out it was from Queensland Australia...........

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  3. Great series of waders, the other birds are also wonderful.
    Regards, Irma

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  4. Stu, Thanks for visiting my blog during my absence in Menorca. I didn’t have full computer access on holiday so wasn’t able to visit Blogger pals at the time but I’m now in the process of catching up with everyone. I saw Black-winged Stilts in Menorca but didn't get shots anything like your superb ones. Super tattler shots too.

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  5. Impressed by the Stilt BIFs, especially the last one. It's great to get ring recoveries without having to catch the bird - the ringers are usually very grateful for the sightings plus the tangible proof of the birds movements.

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