16 May 2016

Curlew Sandpiper


A Curlew Sandpiper in the ricefields near Hakodate this afternoon..............


A local tick no less and only the 3rd one I've seen in Japan. Very numerous in some places in Asia, this great wader is a bit scarce in Japan.............

It was with 8 or 9 Wood Sandpipers.


Just coming into summer plumage too............




I saw them on the Ribble occasionally too but AFAICR this is the first one I've ever seen that was even showing a hint of reddishness..............




It never came close but looked good in the afternoon light..............






Like I said it was with some Wood Sandpiper..................


Not many other waders around, here's a Grey Tailed Tattler at Kikonai............


10 comments:

  1. Curlew Sandpiper is extremely rare here and almost never in breeding plumage.

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    1. Before this one I'd only ever seen them in autumn, either juveniles or adults in winter plumage.

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  2. A very keen eye, Stu and very well photographed.

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  3. A eat find and wonderful images of the sandpiper as well as the Tattler

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  4. Interesting that Curlew Sand is so rare in Hokkaido - it's our commonest wader in Hong Kong...

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    1. I saw your great photos of this species from Mai Po, I couldn't believe how many there were........

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  5. Thtat's very surprising how scrarce the Curlew Sand is in Japan when it is seemingly common north and south of you? Even in the Uk I would decribe it as "uncommon but regular".

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    1. It mnay be commoner elsewhere in Japan but it seems pretty thin on the ground in SW Hokkaido at least...........

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