6 June 2017

Some seabirds came to town..........................


I was surprised to find quite a few Rhinoceros Auklets close inshore yesterday...............





Actually I recall seeing quite a few in mid June last year.........do they breed near Hakodate? Maybe..............

They were difficult to photograph because they are underwater for so long and pop up a long way away from where they dived........

Occasionally one would appear nearby.





They were catching quite big fish...............


They are common breeders in this part of the world but it's unusual to see them practically in town...............




8 comments:

  1. WOW!What a great find Stuart and very good images

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    1. Thanks Margaret, I was pretty happy to find them...........

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  2. I will be returning to Vancouver Island next April and look forward to seeing Rhinoceros Auklets there. That is a good-sized fish the bird has caught. It always amazes me just what they can swallow.

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    1. Would love to see a colony up close, there is a huge one on one of the offshore islands here but I've never been........

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  3. Awesome Pictures of the Rhinoceros Auklets Stuart. Last weekend I went to Teuri Island where they breed in thousands but the trip was rained out and I returned without any decent pictures. I should have come down to Hakodate instead.

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    1. Thanks! Bad luck about the rain..........

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  4. Very jealous of these....what great birds !

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