4 November 2013

Hailstorms



Only common birds again today at Yakumo. The Hooded Crane appears to have left and the only kittiwakes were a small number of the black legged variety. There is (or was) supposed to be a Sandhill Crane a couple of hours drive to the north last week................would have been a nice find for the person who discovered it..

Winter is on its way, reflected in the birds. 8 species of gull, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, various common ducks, a few distant White Tailed Eagle, Black Necked and Great Crested Grebe, Brown Dipper and Japanese Wagtail.

There was a huge hailstorm in Yakumo, complete with thunder and lightning. The end of autumn is near.


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12 comments:

  1. I rather like Kittiwakes, and they're tough! Strangely we had a hail storm recently too.

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    1. Yes for such a delicate looking gull they brave the open seas in winter whilst their brethren hang arounf garbage tips and food factories hoping for a free lunch.

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  2. Lovely imag of a mart bird, and to add to the current topic we had a rather heavy hail shower her in the NW of the UK yesterday.....

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    1. Hail is actually quite rare here, snow and rain are common enough though.

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  3. An interesting mix of "winter" birds there Stuart. At least hail showers don't last long, not like some of our recent rain.

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    1. Hi Phil, yes it was over after a few minutes and of course I got my new lens back in the car before the hail started..........

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  4. Nice flight shot of a bird I've still yet to see!

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    1. Hi Ayuwat, you should be able to see them very easily in NW Europe.........

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  5. Nice BiF. I feel that autumn is just starting here but the forecast looks cold next week. I can't report of much excitement in Niigata.

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    1. I have a feeling we'll get our first snow flurries next weekend...........

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  6. Both the Kittiwakes are attractive birds, and, - as you point out - not often found posing on rubbish dumps !

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    1. Actually, a lot of the coast in south Hokkaido is festooned by litter and rotting seafood offal but the kittiwakes seem to avoid the more disgusting parts...............

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