We had a quick trip to east Hokkaido. Not the best time of year for birding there it must be said but we still saw a few interesting species.
Pacific Swift were abundant everywhere, the above photo was taken at Kiritappu. At Rausu the weather was awful but we did manage White-tailed Eagle and offshore Rhinoceros Auklet and Sooty Shearwater. Across the mountains in Utoro the weather was much better and here we could see Hazel Grouse, more White-tailed Eagles, Peregrine, Goshawk and the usual common resident species of this part of the world.
Notsuke was quiet: lone Terek Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper and Grey-tailed Tattler and more White-tailed Eagles. The latter were also at Lake Furen as well as White-throated Needletail and Japanese Crane.
Nosappu had Rhinoceros Auklet offshore as well as Harlequin Duck, Sooty Shearwater, Black Scoter and a Great Knot heading south. Kiritappu had more of the same…………..
A Hazel Grouse in Shiretoko last week. This is a species that is fairly common in Hokkaido but one that had eluded me in all my time here. We were lucky as 2 walked across the road in front of our car…………
I did the boat trip from Ochisihi last week. It was a grey cold windy day: not ideal for photographs. My target species was Tufted Puffin, a would-be lifer. One adult did fly over briefly but no photo alas………….
There were plenty of Spectacled Guillemots that did pose for the camera at least.
Other species seen included Rhinoceros Auket and White-tailed Eagle………….