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................

10 August 2018

On this day (August 10th)...............


August 10th 2015.

A Terek Sandpiper near Hakodate 3 years ago today. This is a common passage visitor but is usually very shy. This one was not so shy and was a bit earlier than usual............

6 August 2018

Still on the river


I haven't done much birding at all in the last 2 weeks. I had a bad back, it was pretty hot and my main lens is in a Canon Service Center somewhere in south Japan.

It wasn't so hot today. The Crested Kingfisher family were on the same stretch of river as 2 weeks ago. A shame I only had the 100-400 as they were reasonably close.

Other stuff around included lots of Ospreys on the coast as well as some Japanese Green Pigeon. Yesterday there were Great Egret and Wood Sandpiper in the ricefields. I hope my big lens comes back before the waders season gets going.

3 August 2018

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


August 3rd 2014.

A Osprey with a big fish in Kamiiso 4 years ago today. Amazing what size fish they can carry...................

31 July 2018

Hoarding


One of the disadvantages of having cheap external hard drives with lots of space is the accumulation of thousands of photos...............


25 July 2018

A mild Monday


Monday saw record breaking temperatures further south in Japan (the hottest day ever in Japan, the hottest day ever in Tokyo) but  surprisingly it wasn't so hot near Hakodate...............


First flight


The young Ospreys are looking well..................


24 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #13


The last batch of photos from this month's trip up to north Hokkaido.............


21 July 2018

20 July 2018

19 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #8


You come across Siberian Rubythroats all over the place on north Hokkaido............


18 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #7


Black-browed Reed Warblers seemed to be more numerous on the Ohotsku coast than I remember............


17 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #6


Middenforffs Warblers are common in the grasslands of north Hokkaido............


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


July 17th 2014.

A Wryneck near Monbetsu 4 years ago today.

One of the more interesting summer visitors to Hokkaido and one that can be difficult to photograph. This was one of a pair nesting in a very public place. The tree stump has since been removed though...............

16 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #5


The grassland we visit every summer had its Siberian Rubythroats performing nicely.............


14 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #2


We stayed on one of our favourite campsites in north Hokkaido for the 5th year in a row...........

13 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #1


Not a good photo at all but this roadside Northern Hobby near Asahikawa was taken just after sunrise at the start of a short camping trip we just returned from.

The weather wasn't great for most of the trip and we drove north through rain and dark skies. Hobby is always a nice bird to see though and one I rarely get to photograph.

More posts to follow after I sort through my photos.

12 July 2018

On this day (July 12th).........................


July 12th 2015

A Lanceolated Warbler at Mukawa 3 years ago today. This species isn't found near Hakodate: this may be the nearest place it breeds. It was a lifer at the time although I've seen some since.............

10 July 2018

On this day (July 10th)...............


July 10th 2011.

A Chinese (Swinhoes) Egret in Kikonai 7 years ago today.

Not a good photo, this is pretty much a 100% crop but it does show a bit of a rarity. It remains the only one I've ever seen in my life.............

2 July 2018

28 June 2018

Slow time a comin'


The slow season is approaching. The weather forecast is awful the next week too and of course the World Cup is on (Germany-ha!)................

26 June 2018

Some June Ospreys


The regular nesting site out west has produced 2 young this year................


22 June 2018

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