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.

East Hokkaido September Trip #7

Brown Bear

The bears in Shiretoko were fantastic but otherwise it wasn’t such a great trip: we had a puncture, the campsite was crap, the hotel we booked was disappointing………………

But the bears made it worth it.

Brown Bear
Brown Bear

We ended up staying another night in a different hotel in Shiretoko as a typhoon was closing in and we abandoned plans to go camping at Kiritappu. We ended up there anywhere but that is another story……………….

A Bear Portrait

Brown Bear

A very close encounter with Brown Bear from yesterday.

500mm f4 makes a good portrait lens in these circumstances!

Brown Bear

I don’t want to say too much about this individual because if local officials know where it is they can get a little overzealous and the poor bear might get shot.

June begins

Red Foxes

The Fox cubs were still around and still cute but it’s gotten pretty warm the last couple of days and there were lots of mosquitoes around (you can see one on the nose of one of the cubs above): I think that may be the last time in Onuma for me for a while.

Red Fox
Red Fox