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Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

A Black-necked Grebe this afternoon in one of the ports to the east of town. This is a common winter visitor and shares the ports with a variety of species. Today there were Goldeneye only but nearby were Brent Goose, Harlequin Duck, Whooper Swan, 8 species of gull including Glaucous and Glaucous-winged. huge flocks of Common Gull with a few Black-legged Kittiwake mixed in, a lone White-tailed Eagle and a single Peregrine.

Filling the frame

Steller’s Sea Eagle subadult

The bridge on Route 5 over the Yurappu River in Yakumo provides some excellent BIF opportunities. Eagles gather there and regularly fly back and forth over the bridge, often at low angles and close enough to fill the frame (sometimes too close) . Yesterday the weather wasn’t even that cold so it was even pleasant waiting there and watching the other birds present. Smew, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, Long-billed Plover etc……….

Steller’s Sea Eagle
Steller’s Sea Eagle

Yellow-throated Bunting

Yellow-throated Bunting

Whilst watching the eagles perform their stuff up at Yakumo I noticed a small bird flitting around the bushes.

Small birds have been thin on the ground this winter. Hopefully that will change soon…………

It was a male Yellow-throated Bunting. This is a regular but scarce winter visitor to Hokkaido and I rattled off some shots in between the eagles.

Yellow-throated Bunting
Yellow-throated Bunting