31 January 2016
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20 January 2016
With an unusually light workload I took a 90 minute or so walk around the neighbourhood this morning...............and the snow was pretty deep. I was hoping for some waxwings but the only birds around were a few Dusky Thrush and Hawfinch (above).................
Almost no snow until christmas and then lots after, winters are getting shorter.
19 January 2016
18 January 2016
A couple of crappy record shots of a female Ring Necked Duck at Onuma this morning. A lifer though (thanks to Osamu for the info)..............
It was very dark and it didn't come close, just sitting on the distant ice with the Mallards. It did come closer when we went back in the afternoon but it was in the middle of a raging blizzard and photos were out of the question. Hopefully it'll stick around for the winter and it performs well in sunnier weather.............
Also around were 3 Smew, a lone White Tailed Eagle, 50 or so Whooper Swan, 3 Pintail, 10 or so Coot...............
Labels: Ring Necked Duck
17 January 2016
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13 January 2016
January 13th 2014.
The young Gyrfalcon at Sawara 2 years ago today. It was quite a fixture in the winter of 2013/14.
Everyone was hoping it would return the following winter in full adult white but sadly it never showed in winter 2014/15. There was a precedent for such hope: in the predigital age (the late 90's/early 00's) a pair came back faithfully for about 10 years. This was the first one since.....................
Actually there was a flurry of exceitement in December when a non birder photographed an adult white morph Gyrfalcon fighting with a Goshawk over disputed prey in a snow covered field. This was quite a way to the north and east of where we are but the hope was it was our bird on its way south and returning to Sawara as an adult in all its snowy white glory.
Of course nothing came, as we all knew would be the case..............but what is life without some kind of hope, even if we know it's futile? That's why we watch England in the World Cup after all.