29 February 2016

Black Woodpecker


A male Black Woodpecker to the east of Onuma this afternoon.

It was right next to the road but difficult to photograph as it was in the shade and/or behind twigs. The female was also nearby. They were househunting...............it must be spring.

The coast was pretty birdless except for a few common species in the harbours. At Onuma there were White Tailed Eagle and Smew but both too far off for any pictures.

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    1. Yes, one of my favourite local species.............

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  2. An absolute cracker of a bird there Stu.

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  3. Exceptional shot Stuart. Love the Black on White...... gives a lovely contrast with great detail, love it.

    Oh to see Smew or White tailed Eagle today.....lol.

    Lovely post

    Regards
    Dave

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    1. Thanks Dave. I've seen the grand total of one Smew (on a reservoir in East Lancs in 1987) and one White Tailed Eagle (from a boat trip in NW Scotland in 1985) in the UK...............but now they're just normal winter stuff here in Hokkaido in winter.

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  4. What a cool bird and great shot. Thanks for leaving comments on my blog. I just thought no-one was interested. It's been dying slowly the last couple of years. After your advice I changed back from Google Comments back to the old form. It means I have lost all my comments for the last year or so. I also seem to get lots of spam visits from Russia and the Ukraine. I must get out with the birds this weekend.

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    1. Hi Russell, in the settings you can configure it so that only certain people can use it, there are various levels. I selected the 'registered users' one and I hardly ever get spam. Sorry you lost all your comments. I have to say Google+ (google plus, where you had those lost comments) is a bit of a mess, it seems very confusing as does google photos which is also all over the place. They know how to do search engines/maps/blogs pretty well but some of their other services are awful.

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    2. Russell, Stu; I'm glad I'm not the only one baffled by Gargle +

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    3. Google should have bought facebook when it was new.............

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  5. A great cover shot for a "Woodys of the world..." book!

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