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.............

14 September 2017

A very quiet week.............


A Black-crowned Night Heron hiding in the thinning vegetation near my flat this afternoon..............

Autumn will begin soon: a few birds passing through included Asian Brown Flycatcher and a flock of Grey Starling.

A pretty dull few days though. The above image was processed in ACDsee, Not a very good image to start with but I'm giving the software a try as I'm thinking about Lightroom alternatives. That is sadly the most interesting news I have...............

8 September 2017

A lone one


There was the grand total of ONE Red-necked Stint at Kamiiso the other day.............


6 September 2017

Another Weekend Away #2



Last weekend there were small flocks of Red-necked Stints on many of the beaches north of town.............


4 September 2017

30 August 2017

On this day (August 30th)...................


August 30th 2011.

A Long-toed Stint on one of the local beaches 6 years ago today.

This very tame individual (the above picture is uncropped) stuck around for several days, I took lots of shots of what is usually a very shy species..............

26 August 2017

On this day (August 26th)................


April 26th 2011.

A Red Knot in town 6 years ago today.

This is one of only 3 I've seen in Japan (Great Knot is much more common, in fact this was with 2 of its larger relative). I think it is an adult moulting into winter plumage (you can just about see some red on its bell).

24 August 2017

A night away


We went camping a few days ago.................


On this day (August 24th)...........................


August 24th 2014.

A Red-necked Pharalope near Tomakomai 3 years ago today. This is a bird that can occur locally in very large numbers offshore (usually in spring) but I've only ever seen them away from the open ocean 2 or 3 times..................

Shame it wasn't in summer plumage.

21 August 2017

On this day (August 21st)....................


August 21st 2013.

A Black-faced Spoonbill near Hakodate 4 years ago today. An east Asian specialty and pretty rare up in Hokkaido, this individual was only the second I'd ever seen (I've seen another one subsequently).

This young bird had been around for about 10 days or so before it headed south.

20 August 2017

An Ancient Murrelet


I was surprised to find an Ancient Murrelet in one of the ports to the north of town today...............


15 August 2017

14 August 2017

Some more shorebirds..........


Very overcast again, not good for photos. There were a few more shorebirds about at least..............


3 August 2017

August begins


A not very good heavily cropped record shot of a Striated Heron to the west of town this afternoon. This is, as far as I know, an overshoot visitor only to Hokkaido and I've only ever seen half a dozen or so in the last 10 years.

Ospreys and Japanese Green Pigeons were plentiful but no photo opps. A female Black Scoter at Kamiiso was the first 'winter' visitor of the season...............

31 July 2017

A bit of needle


A heavy crop of an Osprey carrying a needlefish this afternoon. An odd looking fish............must be tricky to swallow whole I'd imagine.

Not much else around. Grey Wagtails have appeared on the river near my flat. Nothing in Kamiiso except a few moulting Goosander. The heatwave is mercifully over and now it's normal summer weather. Pretty hot and humid as opposed to very hot and extremely humid.

22 July 2017

21 July 2017

More Ospreys on a rock


Some more Osprey shots from a few days ago.

The female Osprey eventually started feeding its chick..............


20 July 2017

18 July 2017

Some Ospreys on a rock.................


We returned to the location of The Osprey nest to see if the young had left the nest.................


17 July 2017

North Hokkaido Summer 2017 #12


Yet more Rubythroats from the end of June..............I took too many pictures of them.


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