9 June 2016

Arctic Warblers


There were lots of Arctic Warblers at our campsite a few days ago...................


This species seems to be undergoing some splitting/renaming, it may also be known as 'Kamchatka Leaf Warbler' (I think). It is one of 3 phylloscopus species that occur in Haokkaido in summer and it arrives later than the other 2 (Eastern Crowned and Sakhalin Leaf Warblers).

This one was early in the morning in a very atmospheric (but dark) moss filled forest full of huge old gnarled trees and giant ferns.



The next day I was there later in the morning when the light was better. Still not especially good photos but this is a species I don't often photograph.


There were several high up in the trees directly above our tent............




Also around the campsite were Japanese Green Pigeon, Narcissus Flycatcher, several species of woodpecker, lots of singing Siberian Blue Robin, Osprey and plenty of Russet Sparrows. I could only get shots of the female though,,,,,,,,,,,


And here's a chipmunk in the forest...............



8 comments:

  1. Warblers are not always easy to photograph but you have managed that very well

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    1. They are tricky, especially this species which arrives a bit later when all the foliage is out..........

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  2. Essentially we have no phylloscopus species in North America and whenever I have visited Asia they confuse me to no end. So many of them look very similar and when not familiar with their songs they are difficult to distinguish one from the other - at least for me.

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    1. I struggle unles they are sibnging or calling............

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  3. Some nice shots, Stu. I found a lot of warblers when I was hoping to find flycatchers down here. They are splendid little birds but difficult for me to ID.

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    1. They're difficult for everyone Russell............don't worry about it.

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  4. I think the warbler formerly known as "Arctic" has been split into three. They don't call much on passage here in H K, so I pretend they are not about.

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    1. Too much splitting to be keep up with sometimes............

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