19 March 2017

Some BIF surprises




It was a beautiful clear spring day in south Hokkaido.....................






We headed north and near Yakumo found a large flock of Long-tailed Tit.

The Hokkaido subspecies...............





This is currently a very popular bird for Japanese bird photographers, the Japanese love anything 'cute'...................


I even got some BIFs...............


Other small birds at Yakumo included Siskin and Redpoll. Offshore there were lots of ducks including White-winged Scoter and Long-tailed Duck. A Peregrine disturbed the ducks on the river.


The ducks all scattered and I half-heartedly fired off a few shots..............I assumed they were all just Pintail and Mallard and the small ones were Common Teal.


I was wrong. The top 4 are 3 drake and 1 female Baikal Teal. As you can see here..............


I'm embarrassed to say I didn't notice these until I got home and checked the photos on my PC.

 If these had been a lifer I probably wouldn't have typed that sentence above for public consumption. I only saw my first one of this species at the end of last year and now I can't stop seeing them, that's 5 this week already!In the digital age I wonder how many lifers birders get whilst checking their day's shots?

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the flight shots of the Long-tailed Tits. I just did a very unscientific search and it appears that there are very flew flight shots for this species on the Internet, so kudos to you. And yes, I think they are cute too!

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  2. I often find things when reviewing shots on the computer that I didn't see in the field - Baikal Teal would be a nice surprise !

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    1. I once took a picture of a very large cow (I was bored) and when I checked on the computer there was a Cattle Egret next to it............

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