14 October 2015

Mugimaki


A Mugimaki Flycatcher next to the river near my apartment this morning..................

Not a great photo, it was skulking in the shade and was very actively buzzing around.

I've kind of neglected the local river the last couple of years: a combination of my busy schedule on workdays meaning not much time to pop out, the city chopping down most of the trees and bushes along the riverside plus my wife isn't working these days so on my day off we go out further afield in the car.

Mugimakis are scarce passage migrants.............I see them most years but they are never common and always nice to see.

Shame I wasn't carrying the 500 f4, just my old 7D MK1 and battered 100-400L MK1.


4 species of duck, 3 species of heron, some Rustic and Black Faced Bunting, an unidentified thrush and cuckoo species, Bullheaded Shrike, Siberian Stonechat, Asian Brown Flycatcher.............typical autumn birds in Hakodate.

8 comments:

  1. Hello again Stuart!:) I didn't know this Flycatcher. It's such a sweet little bird. I think your photos are great, considering it was in the shade. My photos of the Spotted Flycatcher have very little light unfortunately,the birds were also in the shade.

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    1. Actually this species is quite closely related to the Pied Flycatcher...............

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  2. It's an attractive little Flycatcher. It's sad about the tree cutting and seems to be happening all over the world unfortunately.

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    1. It was an extremely minor act compared to habitat loss elsewhere, apparently where the trees were growing represented a flood hazard (they could get uprooted and block the small concrete channel the river flows through...............apparently). Hmm...........

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  3. I am trying to think where I saw Mugimaki Flycatcher. It was in Vietnam I think, or maybe Cambodia. I should check my records.

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    1. Hi David, they are pretty widespread around SE Asia but a bit scarce in Japan.

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