29 August 2015

Finally some waders.............


A dark dreary afternoon in Hakodate..............but finally I could see a few waders. Very very bad light as you can see................................


There were 2 flocks of Red Necked Stints. I don't know why waders have been so thin on the ground this month, until today I'd hardly seen any anywhere despite looking all over the region at likely spots the last couple of weeks.

I did see another birder last week who told me about 2 rarities from earlier in the year. One was a female Canvasback (a bird I've never seen) which was apparently on the river in Kamiiso in summer. I did see what I thought was just a female Pochard there in June..............of course no photos survived (maybe it was just a Pochard that I saw, I did at least check it but perhaps not as thoroughly as i should have).

The other bird he mentioned was a SNOWY OWL!!!!! The bird in question was supposedly briefly seen on the frozen ricefields just outside town in Febraury. S**t.


6 comments:

  1. The Red necked Stint is a lovely wader to see and you managed good shots even though the light was not good for you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Just get your ass over here in winter and I'll show you lots of Canvasbacks and several Snowy Owls too!

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    1. Canada is very high on the list believe me..............now all I have to do is find money and time.

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    2. If ever you make it here be sure to let me know. I'll help you big time.

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    3. Thanks David, you never know I may just take you up on the offer one day................

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