13 July 2015

North Hokkaido 2015 #1


We just got back from a week camping in north Hokkaido.......................


The first 2 days were a bit of a non event birdwise, Day 1 was spent driving right up to the north of Hokkaido and day 2 was cold, wet and very windy. It was so bad that we gave up using a tent for the first couple of days and rented a bunglaow instead.

Day 3 started off nasty too. The campsite was one where we'd stayed last year and is a great place for Siberian Rubythroats. Finally one emerged from the gloom for some breakfast...............



Very dark and very windy, tricky for photos..............

The rain eventually stopped and it started singing..................


I can't get enough of this species...............




Also at the campsite was singing Grays Grasshooper Warbler and various common species. Offshore (it was a on a cape) there were large numbers of Rhinoceros Auklets flying north, a shame they were too far off for any decent shots.

This was taken the next morning, when they skulk in the shadows it really does justice to their ruby thoats...........


6 comments:

  1. I can see why you like it so much - so much character in addition to good looks!

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    1. Yes, defintely in my top 3 fave species in Japan.............

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  2. Brilliant bird and spectacular pictures of it, Stu. I would love to have seen the auklets that you saw as well. It seems a pretty exciting place.

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    1. Hi Russell, yes the Ohotsk coast is a popular place for bird photographers in July as it has this and some other species which are scarce elsewhere in Japan, and they pose nicely too.

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  3. I have very fond memories of the Rhinoceros Auklets I saw in Victoria, BC in April. Now, Siberian Rubythroat is a whole other story!

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    1. I guess they may occur in the Aleutians, a mighty long way to go though............

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