29 January 2018

The snow just keeps falling................


Another big dump of snow last night................


Winter 2017/18 has been a lot colder and has seen a lot more snow than recent winters.............



Here's a Kingfisher against a snowy background at least.............





By the time I got the monopod/TC ready it had of course flown off.

The Waxwings are still around....hope they stick around until my next free morning/afternoon.

A bit quiet birdwise roday. At Onuma the Falcated Ducks appear to have left. No Baikal Teal either. Or Smew. Just Mallards, Spot-billed Ducks and Whooper Swans.....................



Actually this was the most interesting bird at Onuma today.



Just a Vega Gull I think. A bit odd in its choice of habitat though. And rather pale too.

Here's one on the coast later the same day.


A very variable species.

Coincidentally I met 3 young Japanese birders yesterday from Hokkaido University who are doing a research project on Vega Gulls involving rings and GPS transmitters.

Actually these days you probably need a PhD in Gull ID just to identify all the myriad of large white-headed gulls............

6 comments:

  1. Hello Stuart!:) Pretty Kingfisher shots, and the swan in flight shots are amazing. But for the head and chest markings on the Vega Gull, it looks very like a Herring gull,...nice capture with the wings open.:)

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    1. Hi, Vega Gull and Herring Gull were only quite recently split..............

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  2. LW-HGulls? Just ignore them, that's my position.

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    1. I may get a lifer if someone better at it than me can ID one of the vagrants ones that look very slightly different from the common ones..........

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