A Long-tailed Duck from a couple of days ago…………….
A lifer from this afternoon: 3 Lesser White-fronted Geese to the north of town.
There were lots of geese flying around. They all seemed to be Greater White-fronted Geese. I fired off some shots but got a bit bored (I was waiting in vain for a Lapwing, a scarce bird here, to come close). Then 3 flew right over me against a blue sky and I thought it might make a nice pic. Whilst waiting for the aforementioned Lapwing I checked the day’s photos so far and then I noticed the 3 yellow eye-rings and the 3 cute pink stubby bills.
Not a great photo at all but the above Northern Grey Shrike near Yakumo was my first lifer of the decade……….
It’s a scarce winter visitor to Japan. I think I saw one about 12 or 13 years ago: a Shrike species flashed in front of the car just before sundown on an early January evening. I assumed Bullheaded Shrike but in subsequent years I have seen the grand total of one of those in winter.
A split from Great Grey Shrike (which I saw in Lancashire over 30 years ago) so a lifer it is too.
Not so much snow on the ground but there were some flurries this afternoon…………..
Other stuff at Yakumo included Goshawk, Eastern Buzzard, Smew, Japanese Wagtail, Bohemian Waxwing and Great Egret.
Today may well be the last time I get up to Yakumo for the 2019/20 Eagle season. I probably won’t be up that way for another 3 or more weeks and judging by the already low numbers of eagles and the low food stocks they’ll all be gone by then.
A few ones will hang on and others will disperse locally of course.
A bit of a dark afternoon to finish with…………
Hardly any snow north of town, especially along the coast, although it was pretty cold. A bit of snow in this background at least.
This one was really close……….