Worth hanging around in the dark for…
The forest pool allows us to photograph normally shy species. Like the above Grey Bunting. But also this one……………..
A male Japanese Robin. I only ever see them in autumn in this place for some reason.
We were in the Mukawa area checking for geese. There were a few White-fronts around but too far off to photograph. A bit quiet birdwise to be honest. This Bull-headed Shrike is a typical sighting in this part of the world.
And the Tomakomai area is the only place in northern Japan to see Magpies.
Admit it: they’re cute.
Another common bird demonstrating how white balance is sometimes important.
We passed by the forest pool twice again this last weekend. And it was so dark……………..
The above male Grey Bunting put in an appearance at least.
This Olive-backed Pipit was not at the pool………….
A very quiet day locally on Sunday. Only Sanderlings to photograph.
The Sanderlings were very tame.
The Sanderlings were in the same place, which we visited right at the end of the trip.
We stopped at the Japanese Green Pigeon beach on the way back and pigeons and Peregrine were still around………..
We went to east Hokkaido last week but the birding was very very quiet. In Urahoro the first geese had arrived: small groups of (Taiga?) Bean and Cackling Geese mainly…………..with a few Pacific Golden Plover, a lone Ruff and several Japanese Crane keeping them company.
We were a tad early I guess. Lake Furen/Nemuro/Kiritappu were as pleasant as always but there really weren’t many birds around. Summer stuff gone, winter stuff barely arrived yet. Most interesting thing was a family of Sea Otters but they were too far away in the gloom for any decent photos.
Only 5 species turned up at the pool; the previously posted Japanese Thrush and Grey Bunting plus Varied tit, Eurasian Nuthatch and a pair of Japanese White-eyes.
Another forest specialty: Japanese Thrush. Very high ISO for these (6400 I think).