15 December 2017

A snowy week


Not much in town this last week. A lot of snow fell on Tuesday but a big influx of birds never happened.

There were 3 Great Egrets on the river as well as Brown Dipper, a female Daurian Redstart and several Dusky Thrush. No Waxwings in town at all yet despite the berry laden trees everywhere.

On this day (December 15th)............................


December 15h 2013.

A Ural Owl at Onuma 4 years ago today. This was in one of 3 owl holes near the road............sadly all the trees have been blown down since then. I'm sure the owls are still there..................just not in trees facing the road anymore.

11 December 2017

A sleety Monday


A mild rainy Monday meant horrible light for photography..............


A lot of Kittiwakes..........


A lousy week weatherwise but on Sunday there were lots of Black-legged Kittiwakes out east..............


5 December 2017

On this day (December 5th)....................


December 5th 2014.

A female Merlin just outside town 3 years ago today. This is a regular winter visitor but usually we only see them flash by across the road and then disappear into the fields.............this one was obligingly atop a streetlight................

3 December 2017

A quiet start to December


It's been snowing a lot the last 2 days but there was a break this afternoon. No car today so I took a short walk down the river where I saw the above Great Egret.

I was hoping for some Waxwings but nothing doing there. Other stuff around included a few Dusky Thrush, a male Daurian Redstart, a lone Wren, a drake Goosander and a female Wigeon....................

30 November 2017

27 November 2017

26 November 2017

Another grey Sunday


Some Rooks just outside town this afternoon. A crappy picture but there was almost nothing to photograph today. Another grotty day...........all my days off seem to be blighted by nasty weather recently.

Not much around anywhere. Onuma was very quiet although 2 White-tailed Eagles were there: presumably the same pair that overwinter there every year. At Kamiiso the usual ducks and gulls were around but not much else...............

24 November 2017

A snowy Friday


A crappy record shot of a Japanese Waxwing just outside town this afternoon................

Not much else around: the usual ducks (about 12 species), gulls (6 or 7 species), Hawfinch and Great Egret etc. Nearer my flat this week there was a late Red-flanked Bluetail and a Brown Dipper but not much else............


20 November 2017

November blizzards...........


A load more snow today scuppered my plans to photograph the eagles up in Yakumo...................


19 November 2017

17 November 2017

A bit of sunshine


After some snow flurries yesterday it was clear and sunny for a couple of hours this afternoon.............


15 November 2017

13 November 2017

12 November 2017

8 November 2017

2017 Best Of #6


Some more shots from earlier in the year.............these are from late May to late June...........


3 November 2017

On this day (November 3rd)...................


November 3rd 2013.

A drake American Wigeon near Hakodate 4 years ago today. Only the second time I'd ever seen this species (and I haven't seen one since) and my first outing with my new 7D Mark 2.

I check the wigeon flocks every year in the hope another one turns up. Maybe 2017 will see one appear locally again.............

30 October 2017

22 October 2017

On this day (October 22nd)......................


October 22nd 2013.

A young Red-legged Kittiwake 4 years ago today at Yakumo.

A heavy crop and not a great photo but this is a rare bird in Japan and I was very happy to find one. It was with a large flock of Black-legged Kittiwakes and to be honest I wouldn't have noticed it if it hadn't been flying around on its own and fairly close for a bit.............it was obviously different from the others.

19 October 2017

An autumn staple


Every autumn there are Great Egrets on the river (stream?) near my apartment. This year there are 2 (there may be more downstream).

There must be enough fish to support several individuals: sometimes they remain all winter. There were several salmon in the river too..............it would make a nice photo if one of the egrets tried to catch one.

Not much else around though and everything was grey.. A few Grey Starlings, a lone Grey Heron. 1 Grey Wagtail.

7 October 2017

On this day (October 7th)...........................


October 7th 2013.

A Pomarine Skua close inshore at Yakumo 4 years ago today. Still a heavy crop (it was before I got my 500mm lens) and not a good photo by any means but an interesting species that I haven't seen much of . Actually my only real experiences of skuas were on a trip to the Orkneys over 20 years ago.

There were loads of them heading south that day visible from shore, I have no idea why. It wasn't even particularly windy. I saw 3 species of skua at Yakumo that autumn but not one before or since...............

1 October 2017

26 September 2017

Another summer gone............


A sure sign autumn is just around the corner is when I notice loads of  Night Herons skulking in the bushes along the local river.........................


25 September 2017

23 September 2017

Spoon-billed Sandpiper


We went camping the last couple of nights and we had to hastily change our plans after we heard a Spoon-billed Sandpiper was present near Sapporo.....


16 September 2017

On this day (September 16th).................


September 16th 2011.

2 Black-tailed Godwits in town six years ago today.

This species is scarcer than Bar-tailed Godwit in Hokkaido and I don't see them every year.............
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