As I said the second day with the geese saw much better weather.
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.
But presently other species arrived including Cackling Geese. We had seen these flocks newly arrive around 4 weeks previously.
Whilst chasing the geese around the fields we saw lots of Japanese Cranes.
The 500 f4 is not really a good choice for this species…………….
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.
Even if the weather was lousy and poor for photography it was still great watching the Snow Geese which were very active……………..
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 were the main target but there 3 other species including (Taiga) Bean Goose.
White birds are nice when it’s dark though……………
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.
The final pics from our eventful trip last week……………..
The Cackling Geese eventually settled down and some even came quite close to the roadside.
In the same fields as the geese were several Japanese Crane.
This must have been near the western limit of their range in Hokkaido.
Some more Cackling Geese some last week………….
Cackling Goose aka Lesser Canada Goose, before this year I’d thought of it as a really rare bird here but in 2020 I’ve seen lots of them.