20 July 2016

East/North Hokkaido Summer 2016 #4



2 roadside raptors from last week................

I'd never photographed a Hobby before. We saw our first of the trip at Kiritappu...................

Not great shots at all, it caught me unawares...............still, nice to photograph a new species (although I've seen them many times before).







This one (and the top one) were further inland as we headed from the east coast up to the north coast.



When we reached the north coast near Abashiri this White Tailed Eagle was also atop a roadside pole.


A bit easier to photograph than a Hobby.




10 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous of those Hobby shots Stu. Still very hard to pin one down In Lancashire even though they have nested Ribble Valley and elsewhere but not in any numbers.

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    1. I've only ever seen one in the UK, almost excatly 30 years ago in Marshside...........

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  2. Very nice shots of the a Hobby. I can well imagine how delighted you must have been to add these images to your photographic record.

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    1. Thanks David, I now have shots (of varying quality it has to be said) of all the 6 falcon species I'm likely to ever see in Hokkaido....now I have to go back and get some better ones.

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  3. You never know... you might get a Saker one day;)

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  4. The White-tailed Eagle wins a prize for "Best raptor on a lamp post" .....best I can manage here is a Buzzard.

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    1. In winter you can get Stellers on lamp posts and I think I have a Gyrfalcon on one too...........

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  5. I'm forever left wondering what *would* count as a great shot in your eyes... I'd be over the moon with those! (I have only ever seen one hobby, and that was barely more than a speck in the sky).

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    1. Hi, thanks for the comment. I was happy enough with these.............but just feel they could be better.............

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