11 August 2013

Black Faced Spoonbill



An immature Black Faced Spoonbill at Kamiiso this afternoon. A real surprise, I was just doing a very quick check to see if there were any shorebirds around and stumbled across this rare east asian specialty.


I saw one a couple of years in Yakumo so obviously a few occur in Hokkaido but this is primarily a bird of more southern locales. A very nice addition to my local list (which is running around 220ish now I think).





It's been very hot the last week or so, maybe the warm winds wafted over the spoonbill from mainland Asia.

So hot and humid that we have got an airconditioner!!!!! Actually a friend had an old one which he didn't need anymore so he kindly came round an attached to it to one of our window frames. Thank you Tomoo...........

The spoonbill probably enjoyed the hot weather..........







Hope England get a few early wickets today.................otherwise we'll be hoping for another rainy draw.

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13 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the new bird, and some nice shots to show for it. I like the one where it is ruffled. It looks smallish against the gull so maybe they are smaller than ours.

    I hope the sun stay out - for hours and hours and we win a match!

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    1. Yes it did seem quite small..............

      England had their first decent day since Day 5 of the 2nd test...........it might be rain saving Australia this time!

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    2. After watching Australia begin their 4th innings I take that back, looks like England will be hoping for rain tomorrow.........

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    3. We're hanging our heads in shame, and would crawl under the covers if they were out!

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    4. I gave up and went to bed when Australia were 100 without loss, I thought that was done and dusted and they would win easily. It was so hot I woke up a couple of hours later to get a glass of water and checked the score expecting Australia to be around 4/250 or something and was amazed to see England were 1 wicket away from victory..............

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  2. Only once Stu? Hey you got lucky with the new bird and the briliant pictures of it.

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    1. I've now seen more Black Faced Spoonbills than regular ones in Hokkaido........(2 playing 1).

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  3. HI Stu What a wonderful find and superb shots of it. Fantastic.

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  4. Great bird to find, and your shorelines look cleaner than ours !

    Fine Bell century.... fingers crossed he can go on...

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    1. Hi John, I read Mai Po gets a quarter of the world's population of this species in winter!

      There is a load of garbage on the beach, trust me.

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  5. Excellent find Stuart, and your pictures are brilliant!

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    1. Thanks Russell, yes it was a great find for a local 'patch'.

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