Some local Eagles

White-tailed Eagle

Some White-tailed Eagles from a few miles outside town this morning………………

White-tailed Eagle

There were 4 of them on a river west of town.

White-tailed Eagle

Also around were Japanese Wagtail, Great Egret, Sparrowhawk, Whooper Swan, Brambling and Long-tailed Rosefinch. On the sea there were hundreds of Great Crested Grebe and thousands of Common Gull………….

Quiet end to autumn

Great Egret

A quiet start to November. I did see my first Steller’s and White-tailed Eagles of the winter last week but too far off for any photos.

A lot of seasonal stuff appearing locally: Hawfinch, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Varied Tit, Winter Wren, Brown Dipper, lots of common ducks, Great Egret……………..

This White-fronted Geese in Kamiiso had a dislocated or broken leg by the looks of it.

White-fronted Goose

The Great Cormorants will shortly be heading south……………..

Great Cormorant

A surprise on the beach

Snow Goose

I checked one of the local beaches this afternoon to see if there were any interesting gulls, or perhaps a tern. Nothing doing there but I was very surprised to find this adult Snow Goose among the Slaty-backed and Black-tailed Gulls.

A scarce and local passage visitor to Hokkaido (usually in the east): I saw a small flock in Onuma last year and this was only the second time I’d seen this species in Japan.

Some late afternoon Night Herons

Black-crowned Night Heron

There was a flock of 30 or so Black-crowned Night Herons at one of the local river mouths. They were all sitting around in a tree and I inadvertently disturbed them.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

The more photogenic adults didn’t come as close…………….

Black-crowned Night Heron

Near my place there were a few migrants passing through last week: a Northern Hawk Cuckoo, several Asian Brown Flycatcher and a couple of Siberian Stonechat.

Another quiet week

Black-crowned Night Heron

Another quiet week just gone by.

At Yakumo today there were a couple of interesting waders: a Teminck’s Stint and a Green Sandpiper. I don’t have any decent shots of either and they were both so jumpy I couldn’t get any today either.

On the beach there were a few Sanderlings and the ubiquitous Red-necked Stints.

Red-necked Stint