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

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