9 November 2016

2016 Best Of #2


Some more shots from earlier in the year, all these were taken during spring migration from late April to mid May.................


Some smaller ones first..................

Japanese Robin was a first for my camera..............










And some shorebirds.....................







And both species of Spoonbill showed up...............






And some other waterbirds..................




And finally some Ospreys...............






12 comments:

  1. Some nice shots. Those spoonbills would have caused a stir in Niigata.

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    1. I think there was a bit of an influx in northern Japan last spring..........

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  2. Plenty of "Ooh - Aah !" shots here...and I recall the BFS from your original post...great round-up !

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  3. You certainly had a good one Stu. I must have missed that Robin. It's rather different isn't it? But now I need to Wiki it.

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  4. I'm happy now Stu.

    The Japanese robin, together with the Ryukyu robin and the European robin, was previously placed in the genus Erithacus . A 2006 molecular phylogenetic study found that the two east Asian species were more similar to the Siberian blue robin, at the time in Luscinia, than to the European robin.[2] In 2010 a large study confirmed this result and also found that Luscinia was non-monophyletic. The genus Larvivora was therefore resurrected to accommodate a clade containing the Japanese robin, the Ryukyu robin, the Siberian blue robin and several other species that had previously been placed in Luscinia.[3][4]

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    1. Hi Phil, they do look like our Robins in the UK but their behaviour is very different. Their song is very similar to the Siberian Blue Robin..........

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  5. The eighth image (crossbill with white cherry blossom) is quite something, really superb. A great composition, great colour and light, and so unusual to see that bird in this context (from a British perspective).

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