21 January 2015

Some local winter staples




Some shots from Monday afternoon in Kamiiso...............


The flock of Black Necked Grebe remains in Kamiiso....................some even swam past when the sun put in a rare appearance.................





Also around were Scaup, Goldeneye, Black Scoter and Japanese Cormorant (in breeding plumage already!). On the beach were 7 species of gull including quite a few Glaucous. This, like the grebe, is a bit of a winter staple but I never get tired of either.

Such white birds are nice when the light is terrible.............




12 comments:

  1. Great! I like gulls - there is a 1st winter Glaucous in Dunbar harbour just now and I haven't seen one for years.
    I notice there is a Slaty-backed in Ireland - been a couple now I think.

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    1. Those gulls sure do get around.............

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  2. WOW! quite an array of birds you saw. These shots are great.

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    1. I thought it was rather quiet but when I was in the UK these would have been relatively exotic scarce birds for me..............

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  4. We get Glaucous Gull here but is still a "good" find. White-winged gulls are far from common. We also, very infrequently (once in five years maybe) get a Slaty-backed Gull - and that species is a complete I.D. impossibility for me!

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    1. Gulls are very tricky these days especially with all the splits..............

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  5. We've got a glaucous gull at Fleetwood, I'm hoping to see it sometime soon. Although they all look pretty much the same :P Saw an Iceland gull the other day though, another first.

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    1. I got my first ever Glaucous Gull in Gleetwood almost exactly 28 years ago!

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  6. I was watching Black necked Grebes in Lanzarote today but couldn't get pics - far too shy.

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    1. I can hardly think of a more different place to Hokkaido than Lanzarote..................

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