30 August 2017
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..............
Labels: Long Toed Stint
29 August 2017
26 August 2017
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).
Labels: Red Knot
24 August 2017
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.
Labels: Red Necked Pharalope
22 August 2017
21 August 2017
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.
Labels: Black Faced Spoonbill
20 August 2017
15 August 2017
14 August 2017
11 August 2017
3 August 2017
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...............
Labels: Striated Heron