30 September 2018

No Bear Sunday


We spent a dark grey Sunday unsuccessfully looking for the Brown Bear I'd seen earlier in the week..............


We did see several Crested Kingfisher. Mandarin Duck and a White-backed Woodpecker in the same place but the bear didn't make an appearance at all.

At Yakumo and Oshamanbe there was the above lone Red-necked Stint, Pacific Swift, 3 Intermediate Egret and several Great Egret, several species of duck including Harlequin Duck, Black Scoter, Scaup, Shoveler, Pintail and Wigeon.

Quite a few raptors were around including the last Osprey, Common Buzzard, Northern Goshawk and these 2: a Sparrowhawk and juvenile Peregrine.



There were a few common passerine migrants (mainly Japanese Bush Warbler and Black-faced Bunting) including a Black-browed Reed Warbler and (I think) a female or immature Siberian Rubythroat.

Hakodate was quiet last week except for a Falcated Duck in among the commoner duck species a few days ago at Kamiiso.

6 comments:

  1. "No Bear" - perhaps that's a good thing !

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  2. I saw a Hokkaido Brown bear in Ueno zoo when I first came to Japan. It was a good place to photograph it. Sounds like you have lots of exciting birds already in Hakodate. Great pics of the two raptors.

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    1. Thanks Russell. the bear wasn't there today either.............

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  3. I like that shot of the Sparrowhawk Stu. Maybe it's best you didn't come face to face with that bear. Remember the guy in India who wanted nice pics of a Tiger?

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    1. We were sitting in the car with the engine running...............

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