16 October 2015
What I thought was a Hobby just outside town this afternoon..................
Hobbies are fairly scarce in south Hokkaido although I see them most years. I've only ever seen one in The UK (29 years ago at Marshside) and also once in Germany.
Thanks to Osamu Kimura up in Sapporo who informs me it is in fact an Amur Falcon.
Not great shots alas. It was very active and kept flying around.
And even hovering...............which should have maybe given me a hint it wasn't a Hobby?
It was on a narrow busy road and a police car stopped to check what I was doing and of course he checked my ID. This is the fourth time I've been stopped whilst photographing birds (Dusky Thrush, Bohemian waxwing and Great Egret were the others, I should start a list).
This Common Buzzard was nearby.
And this (rather late) Grey Tailed Tattler was at Kamiiso.