The next day………..

Bean Goose

The weather was much better the second day in Urahoro. At first the geese were in a different area from the day before. Except for a few Whooper Swan and Bean Geese. The long neck/bill and head shape seem to indicate Taiga Bean Goose.

Bean Goose

But presently other species arrived including Cackling Geese. We had seen these flocks newly arrive around 4 weeks previously.

Cackling Goose

Pika

Pika

Near Obihiro is a well-known spot for Pika………………….

My wife wanted to photograph them so we went up into the mountains where it is now freezing cold. Not many birds (Jay, Black Woodpecker and Crossbill only: none close enough for photos) but this Pika posed right by the side of the road.

Geese in the rain #3

Snow Goose

Even if the weather was lousy and poor for photography it was still great watching the Snow Geese which were very active……………..

Snow Goose

There were several hundred of them: this species breeds on Wrangel Island and that is where most (or all) these birds originate from. The Obihiro area in Hokkaido is a well-known staging post for them. Some will fly south to Honshu and some to Korea for the winter……………

Snow Goose

Geese in the rain #1

Snow Goose

We were in Tokachi last week looking for geese. I wanted to photograph Snow Geese. They were easy enough to find but the weather on the first day we arrived was awful: driving torrential rain, high winds and very dark. Terrible conditions for photograhy especially with my old APS-C sensor. Most of these BIF shots were taken from the car window.

Snow Goose
Snow Goose