28 February 2017
A sunny Monday in late February #1
Monday was very bright and sunny this week............
We started off in Onuma. It was pretty cold (about minus 15) and the lake was frozen, only a tiny patch of water remained. A few Mallards, a couple of Smew and a Great Crested Grebe were there and there was also a briefly seen Mountain Hawk Eagle nearby.
Up in Yakumo it was very quiet, just 3 eagles (including 1 Stellers) at the bridge and none close enough to bother photographing, There were eagles scattered up and down the coast like this one.
It was too bright (!) to photograph gulls but here is a semi-interesting one.
The yellowish legs show it is a 'Tamiyr' Gull, maybe or maybe-not species or stable hybrid or something.
Not much else around. Smew at Yakumo, a few Whooper Swans and Great Egrets here and there.
We headed back to the place where we'd seen the Asian Rosy Finches. They weren't there but we did see this male Long-tailed Duck..............
This is the first time I'd seen one in this location.
It was in nice light at least.......................
Repetitive I know.