18 February 2016

Egrets in the slush


A Great Egret on the river near my flat this afternoon.....................


After 3 days of blizzards and subzero temps mild weather has hit south Hokkaido reducing all the roads/sidewalks to slush (which will no doubt refreeze). I was checking the neighbourhood for 3 things: Crossbills, Waxwings or Bullfinches. All 3 often appear around the 3rd week of February..............but today none of them were around.

The Great Egret is one of several that overwinter on the river..............



It looked like it was trying to catch something but then some oyaji decided he'd turn on his snowblower and as slush cascaded over the fence the egret flew off, against a snowy background (it isn't against the sky).



BIF bursts produce a lot of shots almost exactly the same as you can see...................

Other stuff around included Brown Dipper, Wren, Dusky Thrush and Daurian Redstart.

4 comments:

  1. Odd juxtaposition....a Great Egret and snow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I always thought of egrets generally as warm weather species until I came to Hokkaido............

      Delete
  2. Beautiful job on the whites! Looks like you caught every subtlety. Gorgeous results.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...