2 days away #1

Stejneger’s Scoter

We stayed away (sleeping in the car!) for a night…

It was holiday time in Japan so everywhere was really quiet and nobody was working in the ports. I was delighted to find a couple of Stejneger’s Scoter in one of them. Usually this species stays on the sea…

The first 2 are an adult male, the bottom one must be a younger bird as its bill structure isn’t fully developed yet.

Stejneger’s Scoter
Stejneger’s Scoter

A hot Sunday afternoon

Stejneger’s Scoter

A hot sunny afternoon: terrible light for photos. Quite a few nice birds around: the above scruffy Stejneger’s Scoter was a surprise. This Marsh Sandpiper was on one of the beaches with some stints…

Marsh Sandpiper

Other stuff around included flocks of White-throated Needletail and Pacific Swift, Osprey, Peregrine, several Great Egret…

But as I said the light was not helpful.

Red-necked Stint