A mild last few days in town, surely the winter chill will come soon.
On the river near my apartment there were 3 species of Heron: the above Night Heron, and several each of Grey Heron and Great Egret. There were also 6 species of duck with the most interesting being a small group of Goosander and a lone drake Goldeneye.
Other stuff around included Hawfinch, Dusky Thrush, Winter Wren, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Brown Dipper and Varied Tit.
There were a lot more Eagles than last time. At least 50 or 60 I’d say and most seemed be be Steller’s.
Annoyingly I dropped my iphone by the side of the road and we spent some time retracing our steps back to the first place we’d stopped where luckily it was there: a bit dirty but unharmed. We lost several really good photo opps whilst searching………
Today’s shots are not very good but it’s always nice to start off another Eagle season.
Not much else around. the Snow Geese were no longer at Onuma but we did see Bewick’s Swan and Crested Kingfisher at Yakumo and most of the common winter stuff has arrived.
Not good photos but there has been a small flock of about 20 Snow Geese near Onuma the last week or so. I got to see them this morning.
Dodgy light and I only had a short window of time but I managed to find them and fire off a few record shots in the gloomy early morning conditions.
This is a species that occurs on passage further north and east in Hokkaido but is pretty rare down here. It was a welcome addition to my Japanese list although I had seen one before in the UK: in Pilling about 32 years ago………..