31 August 2014

Waderless weekend


Well I have 4 days off and the first 3 didn't produce much. I always take a few days off at this time as it is usually the wader peak but the only waders I saw were a few Common Sandpiper at Kamiiso. At Yakumo yesterday there were 3 species of egret including the above Great Egret but no waders anywhere. Black Headed Gulls have returned to Kamiiso and I also saw a Peregrine, Mandarin were at Yakumo and Osprey and  Kingfisher were at both.

Today I spent lazing about, hopefully September 1st will produce a few waders.

29 August 2014

On this day (August 29).............

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Long Toed Stint, August 29th 2011.

An immature Long Toed Stint at Kamiiso 3 years ago today. Normally this species seems to be extremely shy but not this individual. This pic was only at 300mm and is uncropped too.........

It had appeared the day before and was still around the day after too, 3 days hanging around in a rather dirty little stream flowing into the beach at Kamiiso.

28 August 2014

Terek Sandpiper


 A Terek Sandpiper at Kamiiso yesterday. There was also a small flock of Red Necked Stint, several Common Sandpiper, a lone Greenshank and an Osprey.

This species is very wary and flies off as soon as you approach (in stark contrast the the recent Great Knots)...........I managed to sneak up on this one but it's still cropped by about 50%.

27 August 2014

Wader season at last #4


On the way back from Tomakomai we stopped at Oshamanbe again. The 2 Great Knot were still there...................


Wader season at last #3



A Red Necked Pharalope at Atsuma a few days ago...................


25 August 2014

Wader season at last #1




The waders have finally started showing in front of my camera....................


24 August 2014

Phoned in Great Knot

Great Knot at Oshamanbe this morning.  Edited in camera and on phone......

17 August 2014

Waders arrive................


A couple of Sanderling at Sawara this afternoon. Not much around anywhere.......a lone Wood Sandpiper hiding in the ricefields near town a couple of days ago, a lone Red Necked Stint and Grey Tailed Tattler near the Sanderlings...........

It was very hot at the start of the month which was followed by a big typhoon and now the weather is just meh. At least it's not too hot to sleep...............
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