The second half begins

Common Kingfisher

July begins………….and another dark overcast Sunday.

Common Kingfisher

July is generally the worst birding month in south Hokkaido. Most stuff is still singing at least. These Kingfishers were the only notable shots from today. 2 Oystercatcher were in Kamiiso a couple of days ago. The terns were no longer at Yakumo but the Ospreys were diving and a few intersting species were around at various locales: Japanese Green Pigeon, Sand Martin, Japanese Grosbeak and the usual common stuff.

Common Kingfisher

Ones that got away

Osprey

Whilst I was watching the terns there were several Osprey fishing very close by.

The ight was awful so the photos are not great.

Osprey

They were being overambitious: 2 or 3 times they couldn’t lift the fish out of the water like this individual……….

Osprey

Woule have been a nice picture if it had been facing the other way………….

Some summer Terns

Common Tern

Not good photos but there was a flock of terns at Yakumo yesterday. Terns are pretty thin on the ground in Hokkaido and are always worth a second look.

There were 30 or so Common Terns: the east Asian race looks very different to the ones I remember seeing on the river in Preston.

Common Tern
Common Tern

There were also 2 White-winged Black Terns including this adult. Shame it didn’t come close enough for a worthwhile shot. The light was terrible anyway.

White-winged Black Tern

Apparently a Gull-billed Tern was at Yakumo last week too……….

A Bear Portrait

Brown Bear

A very close encounter with Brown Bear from yesterday.

500mm f4 makes a good portrait lens in these circumstances!

Brown Bear

I don’t want to say too much about this individual because if local officials know where it is they can get a little overzealous and the poor bear might get shot.

A couple of cape Buntings

Siberian Meadow Bunting

Both these Bunting species are summer visitors to Hokkaido. They occur in many habitats but both can often be found together on local capes and headlands.

Chestnut-eared Bunting

These were on a cape on the west coast today. Other stuff around included Osprey, Peregrine, lots of Rhinoceros Auklet offshore, Blue Rock Thrush, Oriental Reed Warbler and 3 species of Cuckoo calling including several Lesser Cuckoo.

Oriental Reed Warbler

Oriental Reed Warbler

Oriental Reed Warblers are common summer visitors. There used to be 9 or 10 singing males on the river near my aprtment but I’ve only heard 2 this year (and they seem to have disappeared): more victims of the City tree felling policy I assume.

This bird was on the west coast today.

Oriental Reed Warbler