4 July 2017

North Hokkaido Summer 2017 #3


A Middendorffs Warbler from last week......................


This species is common in the summer grasslands in north and eat Hokkaido (but we don't get it down here near Hakodate).




Most of the time they sing from hidden positions in the grass, occasionally emerging for a brief song flight. They sometimes appear to have a look around but as soon as they notice you down they go again.

This one obviously didn't get the memo about such behaviour.









Here's a short video I made  showing its distinctive song which can be hear all over the grasslands at this time of year.........

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots of a bird I have often heard but never managed to photograph!

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    1. I saw some in Mukawa last week...........not sure how easy it is to photograph them there though.....

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  2. A lovely littel Warbler an I look him singing in the video

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  3. I have left your answer to your question on my Monday's post

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  4. Great to find your blog. I am heading to Hokkaido for a 10 day tour with friends. Wondering if you had any tips on birding hotspots. Am heading to Hakodate on 13 July. I live in Australia so very unfamiliar with birds from Northern Hemisphere. I did pick up the field guide of Birds of East Asia.. hmm anyway if you have any tips that would be wonderful :) Thanks, Megan

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    1. Hi Megan. Not a lot of birds around in mid July but you could try Mt Hakodate or Lake Onuma...............

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  5. There can't be any better shots of Middendorf's out there - superb. Only the bird ringers see them here in HK - and not many.

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    1. Thanks John, not sure I'd be able to ID them if they were skulking on passage.......

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