The Sanderlings weren’t around but there was 1 lost looking Dunlin.
Some shots with the 2X teleconverter from yesterday. I was trying to photograph distant Red-necked Grebes (in summer plumage), Stejneger’s Scoters and (another?) White-billed Diver.
Most of the shots were crap but the above diver wasn’t too bad and was actually handheld.
These shots were on the monopod…………..
One thing I’ve noticed about the R5 is a lot of the monopod/teleconverter shots are soft. I usually use the monopod when I attach a T/C and handhold without. Is it the image stablization ‘fighting’ with the monopod? I know my lens (the 500 f4M2) can sense it’s on a tripod but can it sense it’s on a monopod?
I was concentrating on ducks but there were some other birds around in the port last weekend. 3 species of grebe including Red-necked and Slavonian…………….
And the Sanderling flock was still there. Maybe they’ve been there all winter?
Dunlin are regular wintering waders and there is a small flock of them every year in or near one of the ports in Oshamanbe.
I was very surprised to see a flock of Sanderling in a different port: I’d never seen them in winter here.
Not many shorebirds in Hokkaido in winter. Oshamambe does have a regular wintering flock of Dunlin however.
They originate from Kamchatka in northeast Siberia. A ringed bird appeared for 6 consecutive winters but I couldn’t find it last weekend.
Only a handful of eagles left now. Stejneger’s Scoter and Red-necked Grebe were the most noteworthy other species around but they were miles away offshore……………
I think Sanderling was the first shorebird I positively identified. I must have been about 11 or 12 (?) and I remember seeing this small white wader running around on Blackpool Beach on a cold wintry day. Afterward I went to my Great-aunt’s house nearby and she had a copy of ‘The Hamlyn Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe’ and I found the Sanderling in there looked just like the one I’d seen earlier.
And here we are 40 years later.
2020 has been a bit quiet for waders although my laziness means I probably missed a few interesting ones.
Red-necked Stints are still ubiquitous and are as common as ever. There were about 10 on the beach at Yakumo as well as 2 Sanderling and several Mongolian and Kentish Plovers.
It’s been a bit of a lazy last few weeks. The weather has been either unbearably hot or very stormy. Not many birds around either.
There were some Sanderlings near Yakumo yesterday. A common enough bird at this time of year but one of my personal favourites. It was an overcast windy, humid day and not great for photos.
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.
Not a great day for photos yesterday but a few waders around at Yakumo: a dozen or so Red-necked Stint, 2 Terek Sandpiper and single Whimbrel and Grey Plover.
The stints are the default small passage wader in Japan and are very common in this season.
The Black-winged Stilts earlier in the week just before the sun went down…………
The Black-winged Stilts were in a small padi in Onuma and surprisingly tame…………