Solitary Snipe

Solitary Snipe

A Solitary Snipe yesterday……………………

Solitary Snipe

I have a confession to make. These are my wife’s photos, not mine. She called me to say she’d found a strange bird standing in a half frozen stream. By the time I got there it wasn’t in full view, I couldn’t see its tail or its bill length. I decided it was a Woodcock. Last month I was showing a visiting birder from Hong Kong the local sights and he badly wanted to see Solitary Snipe. Amazingly the day I met him I thought I’d found 2 very close to where this photo was taken, We only got fleeting views but I thought it couldn’t be anything else (Woodcock are supposed to be summer visitors for a start), However he went back the next day, got a photo and the photo showed a Woodcock.

On a facebook group I’m a member of someone pointed out my ID error when I posted my ‘Woodcock’ photo. Now the exact opposite has happened. A double Solitary Snipe/ Woodcock ID fail………

My wife uses a 6D/100-400L combo and the high ISO (5000) looks OK on these photos, even after cropping. So thanks a lot to her………….

Three trees gone

Ural Owl

Ural Owls were a staple winter bird on my old blog over the years. There were a total of 4 roosting holes that regularly held birds throughout the winter.

Ural Owl

These 3 pictures were all from different trees, all 3 of them easy to see from the road that winds around Lake Onuma.

Ural Owl

These were all dead trees and the problem with dead trees is that they are, well, dead. All 3 of them have since been blown down by summer typhoons. There was aanother one that is still standing but I haven’t seen an Owl there for years.

The Owls must still be there of course but deeper in the snowbound forest and away from the road and undiscovered by birders………..