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

18 June 2018

More gold in the gloom


The Narcissus Flycatchers were still in the park last Saturday....................


17 June 2018

Summer begins..........


Despite the cool temperatures it is definitely summer in the birding world............


16 June 2018

On this day (June 16th)..........


June 16th 2014.

A female Ural Owl in Onuma 4 years ago today. I don't often see adults except in their roosting holes (and I haven't found such a hole for a couple of years anyway). This one was watching ovver its fledglings high in the trees.........

13 June 2018

Some Narcs in the gloom


Just outside town there is a park which is good for Narcissus Flycatchers.................


11 June 2018

Stonechats in the typhoon


An early typhoon just passed by Hokkaido................


Newborns


The grasslands to the north of town always seem to have a lot of Red Foxes and in late May/early June they leave the den.............

We saw 2 or 3 families and one bold cub even took a walk down the side of the road..........

10 June 2018

Summer near my apartment


I took a short walk near my flat yesterday. For various reasons I hasn't been there for over a week and the speed at which the vegetation has grown was astonishing. This happens every year, of course, but never fails to amaze me. It's the quiet season for birds though: really not much around at all. 2 or 3 Oriental Reed Warblers (slightly fewer than in previous years), a few Red-cheeked Starling, Asian House Martin, Barn Swallow................

8 June 2018

Some Long-tailed Tits


One of the most popular subjects for bird photographers here seems to be the Hokkaido race of Long-tailed Tit.........


5 June 2018

Some early summer birds


The weather has been very warm and sunny the last few days...............


On this day (June 5th).......................


June 5th 2015.

A Common Tern in the Marina in Preston 3 years ago today. I wish we had a tern colony up close in Hakodate. Terns of any species are rare around here and in fact no tern species breed in Hokkaido at all.

4 June 2018

Another fail


An Eastern Marsh Harrier today near Yakumo. Before today I had never taken a decent shot of one.

For once, one flew near the road and alongside the car. I wasn't quick enough to focus on it and get the camera settings right. I've still never taken a decent shot of one.

If I'd had my wits about me I could have gotten some killer shots of it. If.......................

2 June 2018

1 June 2018

31 May 2018

A Brown Dipper


We just got back from a short trip.....................

A lot of photos to sort through but this was from the start of the trip. A Brown Dipper, the east Asian species of Dipper that is common on almost every local river (upstream at least).

I've seen Dippers in Europe, Nepal, the USA and Japan.3 species in all. I recall the first ones I ever saw: on a stream high up in the hills in the Lake District near a farm where my grandparents kept a caravan. Must have been over 40 years ago............

They appear to be difficult to photograph wherever they are though.

29 May 2018

On this day (May 29th)................


May 29th 2015.

Common Eider at Seahouses 3 years ago today. This would look as exotic to japanese birders as Harlequin Ducks look to those based in the UK.................

28 May 2018

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


May 28th 2015.

An Arctic Tern on the Farnes 3 years ago today. This one looks like butter wouldn't melt in its beak but I'm sure it was one of those which crapped all over me and pecked me on the top of the head mercilessly.............

27 May 2018

That's that..............


A totally and utterly crap picture of an Oriental Honey Buzzard high in the sky near my apartment a couple of days ago. There were 2 of them, presumably just arrived from the south and slowly drifting over Hakodate..................the last of the spring migrants I guess.

The spring migration is just about over and it wasn't a vintage year. Maybe the weather wasn't helpful plus I was a  bit sick at thes start of the month or too busy to do much birding later on. Perhaps the autumn will compensate.......

At Kamiiso today there were a couple of Grey-tailed Tattlers, 1 Pintail, 2 Goosander and 2 Wigeon. Oriental Reed Warblers, Common Cuckoo, Siberian Stonechats and Chestnut-eared Buntings are singing on the outskirts of town but otherwise not much to report............

25 May 2018

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


May 25th 2015.

An Avocet at Leighton Moss 3 years ago today. It's amazing this species has spread to NW England whilst I've been living in Japan. It hasn't made my J-list yet though.................

23 May 2018

Some more Narcs


There is a park just outside town that is good for Narcissus Flycatchers...................


22 May 2018

20 May 2018

A Spoonbill..................


A Eurasian Spoonbill enjoying the warm spring weather in the padis outside Hakodate this afternoon.

A crap picture; into the light, cropped a lot and handheld out of the car window at 700mm with my misbehaving teleconverter. It flew off as soon as I got out.

This is only the 4th time I've seen this species in Japan: it's a bit scarce especially up here in Hokkaido.


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