27 December 2018
Last Eagles of 2018............
Today was probably my last trip up to Yakumo this calendar year...........
We were showing Mike and Carrie the eagles.
They are visiting Japan from Hong Kong and Mike is a keen birder who wanted to see Steller's Sea Eagle for the first time.
And see them we did.
The weather was pretty rotten and the roads were a bit nasty.
The eagles were performing well but not so many good photos today. These are all White-tailed Eagles:
I thought I had found another lifer for Mike. Solitary Snipe. I thought I saw 2 (!) of them in the morning before we picked them up and amazingly a single (ahem) Solitary Snipe was at the same creek in Onuma on the way home............only later on to discover they were in fact just Woodcock. In my defence I though Woodcock were only summer visitors to Hokkaido. And they were flushed from a semi frozen stream..............a last birdingfail for 2018.