14 April 2015

Some more Dunlin



Some more Dunlin shots from Sunday................


I went back to the same place in the afternoon in the vain hope the Long Tailed Ducks would swim close enough for a photo. They didn't. Luckily the Dunlins were posing close up and  in nice light.




The tagged individual was very conspicuous.



They were in a variety of plumages.............this one was well on the way to summer colours.





This one less so..................






I may not get up to this place again before they head north...............hope they have a pleasant trip.



Yesterday we walked all the way around Onuma (14km). The weather was very clear but the birding was a little slow and no photos survived the cull. There were several flocks of swans heading north but high in the sky. On the lake was a flock of 200 or so Bewicks Swan taking a rest but they were impossible to get close to. Other noteworthy stuff included several small flocks of Brambling and Siskin, my first Japanese Thrush of the year, Great Crested Grebe, Pintail, Wigeon, Goosander, Siberian Stonechat, White Tailed Eagle and the usual common resident species...............

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  1. Lovely that these waders came close enough to ger these great shots

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    1. Hi Margaret, yes they were pretty tame..............

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  2. I find that I have to wait until Autumn to get close to Dunlin - the young ones. Same too with many species. You have lovely low level shots there Stu. Interesting that you say Wrynecks are pretty common where you are. That must be good to see?

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    1. Hi Phil, these were in a confined quiet corner of a harbour and easy to slowly approach.

      Wryneck are summer visitors and although not especially numerous are easy enough to find (or at least hear) in suitable habitat...................

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  3. Lovely shots and your walk sounds quite nice.

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    1. My legs are still a bit stiff............

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  4. Very nice Dunlin portraits - reading rings/flags etc is bit of a side hobby of mine - the only flag I've seen was on a Knot and it had only been ringed in Holland.
    Spring is starting to happen here - saw my first Wheatears, Hirundines, and White Wagtails yesterday. I think next week might be better with Yellow Wagtail on the agenda!

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    1. This is the 3rd flagged wader I've seen locally. One Red Necked Stint had been flagged in north east Hokkaido, one Grey Tailed Tattler was flagged in Queensland and this Dunlin in Kamchatka in northeastern Siberia......................

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  5. They're really starting to colour up - when will they leave? Lovely images of them.

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    1. Thanks! They should be around another week or 10 days at least but they are a 2 hour drive away, not sure if I'll make it up there before they head north...........

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  6. Nice birds and pleasant backgrounds. It's worth reporting the flags....I put all my flag sightings on the the HKBWS website, but there's a EAAFP Facebook group which makes reporting user-friendly, too.

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    1. I've been meaning to do it, I'll check the facebook page out.

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