5 May 2014

Duck in a tree



I was in a park in the east of town this morning.................




Quite a nice selection of species but it was a little dark for photographs. Rustic and Black Faced Bunting, Hawfinch, Crossbill, Japanese Grosbeak, Brown and Japanese Thrush, Japanese White-eye, Japanese Grosbeak, Blue and White Flycatcher, Olive Backed Pipit,  Narcissus Flycatcher, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Red Flanked Bluetail, Nuthatch, 4 species of tit and 3 species of woodpecker.

The Grey Headed Woodpecker was a female today...............


I was hoping to see and photograph a Japanese Robin but nothing happening there so my next target was Mandarin Duck. These are very shy in Hokkaido. They were sat on a moss covered rock but flew off before I could take a picture.............

Strange to see them take refuge in the trees.............




Nothing of interest near home, very few migrants. Goryokaku park (where the cherry blossons are in full bloom on a 4 day national holiday) had lots of toursists but no birds. A singing Dusky Thrush in the park near my flat had me confused. They are abundant winter and passage visitors but I almost never hear them singing.....................


6 comments:

  1. Never seen a Mandarin Duck on a tree before but that's supposed to be pretty normal since they nest in tree holes.

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    1. Hi Ayuwat yes I know they nest in trees but it still looks weird.............

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  2. Great looking duck. Nice shots of the greyheaded woodpecker too.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Wilma..........

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  3. Mandarin Duck are fabulous; I especially like the final shot.

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    1. Thanks for the comment John, do you get them in Hong Kong?

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