23 May 2016

A wild Stork chase


We just got back from a weekend camping trip..................and on the way we stopped to find an Oriental White Stork which had been seen by someone north of Yakumo.


We couldn't find it despite driving around a large area looking in all the fields for the large white bird. It was a very warm afternoon and there were lots of common species on the roadside such as Chestnut Eared Bunting...................


And the abundant Siberian Stonechats..................


I recall seeing a White Stork nesting on someones's roof somewhere in the Czech Republic almost 20 years ago, I think that's the only time I've seen such a bird and that was only a fleeting look from a bus window on my way back to Germany (plus I was really hungover).

6 comments:

  1. That Bunting is a gorgeous bird Stuart.

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  2. I guess you'll have to wait for another chance at the stork.

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    1. Sadly I suspect it's long gone..........

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  3. Oriental White Storks are rare visitors here, too. Pity you missed it, but I guess they can really wander. What's the status of Black Stork in Hokkaido ?

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    1. Hi John, I've never heard of any being seen around the area I live but it's probably a very occasional visitor to northern Japan.

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