30 December 2017
A Brent Goose in Hakodate today and probably my last photo of the year.....................
Harlequin Duck, Goldeneye, Whooper Swan and Scaup were also around but it was a very quiet day. Today saw the best weather in ages (and tomorrow is looking good too) but of course we had/will have other stuff to do. New Year here is basically the same as Christmas in the west.
I took a lot of photos in 2017. S**tloads. I don't know why that happened but it did. I can't see myself taking so many next year but you never know.
264 posts in one year! Sometimes I wish I spent as much time on more important things as I do with this blog............
Thanks to the people who regularly visit this blog and leave comments. I hope you all have a great 2018.
29 December 2017
26 December 2017
The nasty weather returned on Christmas Day. Very windy with sleet turning to heavy snow. Out east there were still lots of Black-legged Kittiwakes on the coast. There must have been at least 1 Red-legged among them but if there was I couldn't find it.
7 other gull species were around as were Harlequin Duck, Brent Goose and Black-necked Grebe.
25 December 2017
24 December 2017
21 December 2017
December 21st 2011.
An Iceland Gull in Preston 7 years ago today.
This was a lifer at the time (although it seems to have been lumped with Kumelins and Thayers Gull seubsequently and I've seen the latter in Japan).
Note it's on ice: the usually mild NW of England was in the middle of a very nasty cold spell at the time. This was at Preston Marina, a pace which normally doesn't freeze over in winter at all AFAIK.
Labels: Iceland Gull
20 December 2017
18 December 2017
December 18th 2014.
A Bean Goose at Onuma 3 years ago today. Stragglers from the big goose flocks which winter further south are sometimes seen in winter in south Hokkaido. This one joined the Whooper Swan flock in December that year and stayed all winter.........................
Labels: Bean Goose
15 December 2017
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.
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.
Labels: Ural Owl
12 December 2017
11 December 2017
5 December 2017
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................
4 December 2017
3 December 2017
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
28 November 2017
27 November 2017
26 November 2017
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 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............
Labels: Japanese Waxwing
22 November 2017
20 November 2017
19 November 2017
17 November 2017
15 November 2017
14 November 2017
13 November 2017
12 November 2017
8 November 2017
7 November 2017
6 November 2017
5 November 2017
4 November 2017
3 November 2017
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.............
Labels: American Wigeon
2 November 2017
30 October 2017
26 October 2017
23 October 2017
22 October 2017
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.
Labels: Red Legged Kittiwake
20 October 2017
19 October 2017
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.