A Long-tailed Duck from a couple of days ago…………….
The Crossbills seemed to have thinned out in Hakodate and Oshamanbe but we found a flock yesterday next to another port.
There were some Siskins in amongst them too.
Other stuff around included Redpoll, Osprey, my first Eastern Marsh Harriers and Oriental Turtle Doves of the year plus the usual common ducks and gulls. No Eagles anywhere…………
Glaucous Gulls are very common at this time of year and often hang around in the ports and on the beaches.
BIF shots are tricky as they only fly off if you get quite close and at that distance 500mm is often too much reach.
Difficult to get a clean background sometimes too.
A lifer from this afternoon: 3 Lesser White-fronted Geese to the north of town.
There were lots of geese flying around. They all seemed to be Greater White-fronted Geese. I fired off some shots but got a bit bored (I was waiting in vain for a Lapwing, a scarce bird here, to come close). Then 3 flew right over me against a blue sky and I thought it might make a nice pic. Whilst waiting for the aforementioned Lapwing I checked the day’s photos so far and then I noticed the 3 yellow eye-rings and the 3 cute pink stubby bills.
These were from a few days ago…………
Some more Crossbills from my walks around town last week…………..