15 July 2018

North Hokkaido 2018 #3


A Long-tailed Rosefinch from a few days ago..............


This species is also found in south Hokkaido but it isn't as numerous as further north.

The red males look striking against green backgrounds even on dark days................





The females are much duller..............


Not as good as previous years for photography...........the weather wasn't great and I have a feeling the breeding season started earlier than normal this spring so photo opps were a bit more limited.

There weren't many Lathams Snipes displaying: maybe we were slightly late this year. This species seems to have become much rarer near Hakodate the last few years but it seems they are still common in north/east Hokkaido.


Little-ringed Plovers were also present..............


And White-tailed Eagles were a frequent sight too............


4 comments:

  1. The rosefinch looks as though it was dipped in a glass of red wine.

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    1. Maybe they should change the name to 'Winefinch'.

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  2. Any Rosefinch is good, but Long-tailed is one of the best !

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    1. The only other one I've seen here is Pallas Rosefinch, and no decent photo of it alas.

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