7 October 2018

Another day off, another typhoon..............


It was the tail-end of yet another typhoon...........


A friend and fellow birder was passing through town and we took a long hungover walk down the river, along the beach and finally up to the cape.

It was very windy and there were some spectacular waves. A few birds around as well.

The Northern Shoveler above was probably the same one I'd seen earlier in the week. There were 3 species of heron on the river including this Great Egret.


Other stuff included a few flycatchers (probably Asian Brown but we couldn't get a clear look) and a lone Common Kingfisher.

Sadly there were no stormblown seabirds but there was 1 interesting visitor...........


A very skittish Eurasian Oystercatcher: a fairly scarce bird in south Hokkaido and only the 3rd one I'd seen in town.

6 comments:

  1. They're great birds.... I recall seeing the NZ ones standing around on traffic islands.

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    1. Nice. My first bids in Australia was Caspian Tern in the middle of a roundabout........

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  2. Wow! I've only seen oyster catchers in Australia. Didn't realise they would be up here.

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    1. I think they're reasonably common in Honshu actually...........

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  3. actually Oiks are pretty scarce in Honshu and indeed in E Asia in general. Just a few places where they can be seen regularly in Japan. Biggest number I’ve ever seen together is around 30 in Tokyo Bay and also Nagoya, as well as a few in Kyushu

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    1. Oh I thought they were getting commoner, did I read that somewhere? I have seen small groups of them in east Hokkaido. Definitely way way less numerous than in the UK though.

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