The second half begins

Common Kingfisher

July begins………….and another dark overcast Sunday.

Common Kingfisher

July is generally the worst birding month in south Hokkaido. Most stuff is still singing at least. These Kingfishers were the only notable shots from today. 2 Oystercatcher were in Kamiiso a couple of days ago. The terns were no longer at Yakumo but the Ospreys were diving and a few intersting species were around at various locales: Japanese Green Pigeon, Sand Martin, Japanese Grosbeak and the usual common stuff.

Common Kingfisher

Ones that got away

Osprey

Whilst I was watching the terns there were several Osprey fishing very close by.

The ight was awful so the photos are not great.

Osprey

They were being overambitious: 2 or 3 times they couldn’t lift the fish out of the water like this individual……….

Osprey

Woule have been a nice picture if it had been facing the other way………….

Some summer Terns

Common Tern

Not good photos but there was a flock of terns at Yakumo yesterday. Terns are pretty thin on the ground in Hokkaido and are always worth a second look.

There were 30 or so Common Terns: the east Asian race looks very different to the ones I remember seeing on the river in Preston.

Common Tern
Common Tern

There were also 2 White-winged Black Terns including this adult. Shame it didn’t come close enough for a worthwhile shot. The light was terrible anyway.

White-winged Black Tern

Apparently a Gull-billed Tern was at Yakumo last week too……….

Little Egret

Little Egret

99% of the egrets in Hokkaido are Great Egrets so it’s always good to see other types in late spring/early summer………..

Little Egret

Little Egrets are not particularly rare of course but they haven’t colonized Hokkaido as regular breeding birds yet.

Little Egret