24 August 2017

A night away


We went camping a few days ago.................


Not many good photos at first due to the nasty weather. Here's a Kingfisher near Yakumo.


We found a 4th Laysan Albatross corpse on the beach, bit of a depressing sight.

Here's another seabird from the same locale, with the murrelet nearby a couple of days earlier  and the aforementioned albatross the last week has had a pelagic feel.

A big crop of a very tired Sooty Shearwater..........


Summer is coming to an end and the only species still singing is Grays Grasshopper Warbler. The other summer visitors are still around, just hiding in the grass like this scruffy looking Black-browed Reed Warbler.



It was unsurprisingly a mix of get skies and rain................but on the way back in the late afternoon the rain stopped for a bit and the sun came out.

I could get a few Red-necked Stint photos. This species was everywhere earlier in the week..........











In various locales there were quite a few other waders scattered around. Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed, Kentish and Mongolian Plovers, Whimbrel, Grey-tailed Tattler, Terek Sandpiper and these 2 species...............

Terrible photos but a Grey Plover in the surf and some Great Knot in flight.




Other stuff around included Great, Little and Intermediate Egrets, Osprey, Japanese Green Pigeon, Great-crested Grebe, Glaucous and Glaucous-winged Gulls and the usual common stuff.





8 comments:

  1. Hello Stuart! Even in miserable weather when the sky is grey you take lovely photos, but your captures of the Red-necked Stint with sun shining on their plumage are gorgeous. Great bird sightings.

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  2. I have never seen a shearwater from land. I hope your bird was able to feed up and get airborne again.

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    1. I've seen the odd one this close. In spring tens of thousands can be seen offshore through binoculars /scope..........

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  3. Stuart, Is the white bird on my latest post a pigeon or a dove? I've had some comments referring to it as a dove, when I posted it as a pigeon, and still think it is, but would like your esteemed opinion.

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    1. I think it's a white feral pigeon (also known as rock dove, confusingly).

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  4. The juvenile RN stints are very handsome.....I've never seen a Sooty Shearwater from land, either

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    1. I've seen a few actually (and lots of what I presume were Short-taileds).........

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