There were a group of Great Scaup in the harbour at Yakumo diving and coming up with what looked like bits of Salmon. I guess some Salmon aiming for the river got lost and ended up perishing in the port………….
The Scaup were joined by a lone Pochard who got in on the act too.
Not an especially good photo but my first Eagle pic from Yakumo of Winter 2019/20. This is the 12th (or is it 13th?) winter I’ve been photographing them.
There were about 10 White-tailed Eagles, all high in the sky. More than last week (I only saw 6). I didn’t see any Steller’s: hopefully, they’ll be arriving soon.
Yakumo was pretty quiet otherwise. A few Whooper Swans and Great Egrets, a lone Eastern Buzzard and Eurasian Sparrowhawk and a few gulls and ducks of various common species. The mountain tops had a light dusting of snow…………….
There were about 100 Black-legged Kittiwake at Yakumo on Monday as well as 7 other species of gull around. The Kittiwakes are regular autumn visitors to the Pacific coast, sadly I couldn’t find any Red-legged ones.
Other stuff around included lots glocks of various ducks, Peregrine, Osprey, Common Kingfisher, Great Egret and Great-crested Grebe.
Upstream there are already plenty of Salmon gathering: the eagles will be here in 3 or so weeks…………..
Haven’t done much birding or photography recently. The above Kingfisher was at Yakumo this morning.
The last couple of weeks were pretty quiet. Rustic Buntings and Black-crowned Night Heron on the river near my apartment, Glaucous-winged, Vega and Black-headed Gulls at Kamiiso as well as a variety of returning duck species.
Last week we went up to Shikotsuko but nasty weather meant no decent photos. The first Glaucous Gull and White-fronted Goose of the season at Yakumo on the way back were the only noteworthy species of the trip………