20 January 2014

Lunch on the beach




A surprisingly mild day saw us back at the Gyrfalcomn spot yet again and it put on a nice show around the middle of the day.




It seemed to be snacking on some kind of fish.................stolen or scavenged from somewhere probably.



The temperature was probably below zero but with no wind it felt positively balmy compared to this time last week. These shots are all handheld and I wasn't even wearing gloves............




I didn't have my tripod handy, it would have made a nice video.



I was hoping it would be eating a gull and be covered with blood but I can't complain about these shots really.



Now it's been around for a while I've become more selective about what pics I want: I was hoping for feeding shots/BIF shots/a video and it was nice to get one of these ticked off.

The day started off in a park in the east of Hakodate. I was trying to photograph Crossbills but they stayed high up in the trees and kept geting spooked by 2 Sparrowhawks in the area. Whilst I was waiting in vain for them to come lower this surprising individual put in a brief appearance.


An Olive Backed Pipit. I thought these were only in Hokkaido in summer. This is one species i've never taken a even half decent photo of so in a way I was as happy with this one as I was with the Gyrfalcons...................

Other stuff in the park included Hawfinch, Redpoll and lots of Jays as well as all the usual tits and nuthatches....................
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22 comments:

  1. Super great shots of the Gyr! What a bird.....
    Olive-backed Pipit among the snow also looks really interesting.

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    1. Hi Ayuwat, yes the falcon is giving us local birders a real treat this winter............

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  2. The Gyrfalcon is indeed a very handsome bird even when bloodless :) I think these are wonderful shots and would love to have been there looking over your shoulder. As for the Olive backed Pipi,t he is adorable and his little pink feet look like they aught to be cold. I hope he does well in this winter weather. So far my birds seem to be tolerating it even though I think it is way too cold. Nice series Stuart ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  3. Hi Andrea, thanks for your comment. I'm sure the pipit was cold..........but at least it wasn't a falcon snack.............

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  4. The falcon a very nice addition to the beach scene. Always great to see a species I have not observed in such great detail

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    1. Thanks for the comment, I hadn't seen one at all until a few weeks ago..........

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  5. I always like seeing birds of prey they are beautiful. great shots of all the birds,

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  6. What a fabulous falcon! Terrific captures!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, yes I was delighted with these pics......

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  7. A great serie of bird-photos!
    Well done!

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  8. Blimey Stu this one is even better than Dinner on the beach.... truly truly jealous. A fine set of images of one of the most iconic birds of the world.

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  9. Superb details in the Gyrfalcon images! Very nice opportunity and you're taking great advantage of it. Nice work!
    The Pipit would have made me just as happy as well! Only recently got my first pics of American Pipits - at a distance and not willing to let me get closer!

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  10. Thanks for the comment Wally, I think the pipit was as surprised as I was..........

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  11. Gorgeous shots of the falcon. It's a very handsome bird.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Gunilla.............

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  12. Absolutely stunning images shared of the falcon, gorgeous! If ever you are on Facebook, there is a great group called Riff Raff Hawkwatch. Another great place to share Raptor images and info ;)

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    1. Thanks Mary I'll check it out..............

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