Back in town

Red-necked Stint

Back in town, these were taken with my old 100-400 and a 1.4 T/C. Not so many keepers with this old lens so much easier to sort through………….

The only wader species around was the ubiquitous Red-necked Stint. A flock of about 15 of them.

Some of you may have the image in your head that Japan is a clean ordered society.

Red-necked Stint
Red-necked Stint

Just like old times……….

Red-necked Stint

A few years ago in August and September I often used to hop on a train to a beach to the west of town and look for waders. In recent years I have neglected this spot a little (and when i did visit it seemed there wasn’t much there) but today I took the train out there…………..

Red-necked Stint

There was a flock of 30 or so Red-necked Stint, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, several Common Sandpiper and lone Grey-tailed Tattler, Terek Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover. Nothing earth shattering but a pleasant afternoon on a deserted beach.

Red-necked Stint

A classic old lens

Osprey

Someone has very kindly lent me his old 400 f5.6 lens and I tried it out at the weekend. I’d always wondered about this ‘classic’ old birding lens.

6 species of waders near Yakumo but the 400 wasn’t quite long enough for any decent shots.

Sanderling

But in this hot weather it was a relief not to be carrying one of the big whites.

And this Osprey was close enough at least……………

Osprey

Some scruffy Ducks

Harlequin Duck

A very quiet last couple of weeks but I did get out briefly yesterday. There were several duck species around: the resident Spotbills and Goosander of course but also a lone Scaup, several Red-breasted Mergansers and this pair of very scruffy Harlequin Ducks. Not a bird I often see in summer: the latter 3 duck species are presumably non-breeding lingerers.

Harlequin Duck