4 November 2018

3 November 2018

On this day (November 3rd)...............


November 3rd 2011.

A Little Egret on the local river 7 years ago today. This is not especially common in south Hokkaido and generally comes in spring. This one stuck around for a few weeks that autumn.

2 November 2018

A quiet week in late autumn


It's been a quiet week in town. In the local park there were 3 Wigeon (above), 4 Pochard, 1 Pintail and 1 Mallard with the resident Spot-billed Ducks as well as a couple of Little Grebe. On the river were 1 Great Egret, 1 Grey Heron, a small flock of Rustic Bunting and lone Daurian Redstart (male) and Red-flanked Bluetail.

Not much on the edge of town either. Last Monday at Kamiiso there was a big flock of Wigeon and 5 species of gull including Glaucous-winged. The ricefields were quiet too although there were a few Rooks in the crow flocks feeding in the stubble...............

28 October 2018

26 October 2018

On this day (October 26th)....................


October 26th 2015.

A Varied Tit at Onuma 3 years ago today. The background is autumn leaves, not a fire..................

19 October 2018

On this day (October 19th)......................


October 19th 2015.

A Ural Owl 3 years ago today in Onuma. There were several easily accessible trees that held roosting Ural Owls but they've all blown down..............

17 October 2018

A Gloomy Robin


We went camping near Tomakomai for a couple of nights................


On this day (October 17th).................


October 17th 2015.

An immature Amur Falcon just outside town 3 years ago today. At first I thought it was a Hobby but I was wrong and it is still the only one I've ever seen............

14 October 2018

Winter not far away..........


Not a very good or interesting photo but it does show a Vega Gull at Kamiiso today, a winter visitor.

A couple of days ago there were loads of yukimushi around. These are small white midges that appear 2 or 3 weeks before the first snow............

Also around at Kamiiso were 3 Great Egret, a lone Osprey flying south and several species of common duck. The first Daurian Redstart, a male, appeared on the river near my apartment a few days ago: another winter visitor. Also around were Brown Dipper, Bull-headed Shrike, a briefly glimpsed Siberian Rubythroat and several Black-crowned Night Heron. A juvenile Moorhen in Goryokaku Park 3 days ago was only the 3rd I've seen in Hakodate..............

3 October 2018

30 September 2018

No Bear Sunday


We spent a dark grey Sunday unsuccessfully looking for the Brown Bear I'd seen earlier in the week..............


24 September 2018

A morning surprise


I had my best wildlife experience for a long long time today. Not the Common Kingfisher above............

We got up early to try and find some Brown Bears. Several had been seen on a mountain road to the north of town and we headed up there just after sunrise. It was a wet dark day and at first it seemed like we had wasted our time. No birds even: just a couple of distant Crested Kingfisher.

We were on a narrow side road in the middle of nowhere and were getting ready to go back to the main road when I noticed a huge adult Brown Bear standing about 5 meters away! My wife missed it as she was looking straight ahead and it took her a few seconds to work out what was going on (I was swearing and making even less sense than normal). By the time we had reversed it had sadly disappeared. No chance for a photo of course (it was very dark) even if it had stuck around: no way would I have gotten out of the car either.

A bit quiet birdwise. In addition to the Kingfishers we got single Red-necked Stint and Common Greenshank, 2 Eastern Curlew, 2 White-winged Scoter, Great-crested Grebe, various common ducks including Pintail, Teal. Shoveler and Pochard, Osprey, Goshawk, 3 species of wagtail and Great Egret.

22 September 2018

Afternoon mover


An immature Black-crowned Night Heron on the local river yesterday afternoon...............


17 September 2018

More sunny days


I just had 3 days off and though the weather was very good I didn't come away with many pics...........


15 September 2018

14 September 2018

13 September 2018

8 September 2018

Blackouts, quakes, typhoons and thunderstorms.


A Crested Kingfisher near Hakodate earlier in the week.

There was a crazy 24 hour period midweek, First a typhoon passed over Hakodate (it woke me up at 2am). The next day saw the mother of all thunderstorms in the afternoon and at 3am the next night I was woken again by a rather large scary earthquake that knocked out electricity over the whole of Hokkaido.

We were pretty lucky. No damage or danger near Hakodate and our apartment strangely got its power back a long time before most of the rest of town (we were only without electricity for about 16 hours). The fatal landslides were actually in the same town that I took all those wader shots last week..............

No car this weekend and more rain forecast. Hope there are no more disasters at least.


7 September 2018

Before the disaster(s)


Some more photos of the tame Whimbrel from last Sunday, which seems like an awfully long time ago now.............


6 September 2018

A walk on the beach..........


Last Sunday saw a brief break between 2 typhoons with some clear sunny weather...............


4 September 2018

Long-toed Stint creeping around..........


Our quest for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper was unsuccessful but there were some compensations...........


3 September 2018

Broad-billed Sandpiper


Whilst camping we heard of a Spoon-billed Sandpiper reported near Tomakomai so we went to look for it............


1 September 2018

2018 late Summer trip #2


Although we stayed in Oshamanbe waders were pretty thin on the ground compared to Yakumo...............


31 August 2018

2018 late Summer trip #1


We just got back from a 3 night camping trip. The weather was awful: strong winds coming in off the sea, heavy rain...................

We stayed 3 nights in Oshamanbe and our focus was on waders. We managed to see quite a lot over the 4 days despite the weather.


30 August 2018

On this day (August 30th).....................


August 39th 2015.

A White-winged Black Tern near Yakumo 3 years ago today. Terns of any kind are rare in Hokkaido and this one especially so................

28 August 2018

On this day (August 28th)...................


August 28th 2011.

A Long-toed Stint near Hakodate 7 years ago today. This tame juvenile bird stuck around for several days and didn't mind being photographed at all............

25 August 2018

On this day (August 25th)...................


August 25th 2015.

A Great Knot at Oshamanbe 3 years ago today. This is a regular passage visitor in late summer/early autumn and is often very tame.............

24 August 2018

On this day (August 24th)..................


August 24th 2014.

Black-tailed Godwits near Tomakomai 4 years ago today................

21 August 2018

On this day (August 21st).....................


August 21st 2015.

An Osprey just outside town 3 years ago today. It's wonderful to have such birds on tap all summer...................

19 August 2018

Another wader season begins...............


Some Red-necked Stints near Yakumo this afternoon..............


On this day (August 19th)........................


August 19th 2011.

A Long-billed Dowitcher near Hakodate 7 years ago today. This remains the only one I've ever seen and it was in summer plumage too................
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